The Prepper Journal http://www.theprepperjournal.com Prepping, Survival and Common Sense Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:19:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 EDC Contest Winnerhttp://www.theprepperjournal.com/2014/12/17/edc-contest-winner/ http://www.theprepperjournal.com/2014/12/17/edc-contest-winner/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:19:56 +0000 http://www.theprepperjournal.com/?p=12407 Written by Pat Henry on The Prepper Journal.

I want to thank everyone who entered the EDC Gear contest and apologize for being tardy on announcing the winner. The winner of this contest is Vagabond and I will be contacting them about their Amazon gift card today. Look below to see what Vagabond carries every day. Gear List by Vagabond    Wallet by […]

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I want to thank everyone who entered the EDC Gear contest and apologize for being tardy on announcing the winner. The winner of this contest is Vagabond and I will be contacting them about their Amazon gift card today. Look below to see what Vagabond carries every day.

Gear List by Vagabond

Vagabond EDC

Vagabond EDC

 

  1.  Wallet by Dickies, It can include a wallet chain in less desirable areas.
  2.  Maui Jim sunglasses
  3.  Button compass
  4.  Gerber Paraframe knife
  5.  Glock 19, used with a Hot Shots holster (not pictured)
  6.  Keys to the Bug out Jeep
  7.  ResQMe car escape tool and seatbelt cutter
  8.  Klarus Mi10 flashlight (AAA batt).  This thing is bright and has taken a beating without issue
  9.  Peanut Lighter
  10.  Nebo Tactical flashlight
  11.  Trusty Zippo lighter
  12.  Leatherman Rebar, I keep a Swedish Fire-steel in the holster
  13.  ESEE-3 fixed blade knife
  14.  Skystorm Leatherworks custom sheath designed for scout carry on my search and rescue deployments.  Contains another attached fire-steel.
  15.  Shemagh or standard bandanna
  16.  Silver Eagles, just in case…

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7 Ways to Lighten Your Bug Out Baghttp://www.theprepperjournal.com/2014/12/17/7-ways-lighten-bug-bag/ http://www.theprepperjournal.com/2014/12/17/7-ways-lighten-bug-bag/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:00:46 +0000 http://www.theprepperjournal.com/?p=12392 Written by Pat Henry on The Prepper Journal.

In just a couple of weeks a lot of you are going to be making New Year’s resolutions and according to our good old government (not sure why they have to have a webpage to tell us this) the most common resolution is to lose weight. This is a great goal for a lot of […]

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In just a couple of weeks a lot of you are going to be making New Year’s resolutions and according to our good old government (not sure why they have to have a webpage to tell us this) the most common resolution is to lose weight. This is a great goal for a lot of people but as preppers we can look at this another way too. Maybe it’s time to trim some pounds off your Bug Out Bag and save your back in the process. For a lot of us, the mythical – perfect bug out bag is one part Swiss army knife, one part hardware store and one part supermarket with a dash of your favorite clothing outfitter thrown in for good measure. Over time in our efforts to be prepared for anything, we have lost sight of what this bag is meant for and traded common sense for comfort, at the expense of weight.

What choo talkin bout Willis?

In my research as a prepper I have watched a lot of YouTube videos about Bug out bags from people all over the world and in many of them you get very well-meaning people who put together pages of items that you simply don’t need. Others have items that could be lighter or who carry too much of a single item when that isn’t necessary. I myself am a well-meaning person so here is my take on some simple steps you can take to lighten your bug out bag but before I get into that, I want to give you my opinion on what a bug out bag should be in the first place.

What is a bug out bag for?

A bug out bag has been called by a lot of names. I have heard I.N.C.H bag (I’m Never Coming Home). G.O.O.D bag (Get Out Of Dodge), the 72-Hour bag, Go Bag and others that crop up from time to time when I think people are just trying to create something new and trendy (S.N.A.P – Seriously Need Another Plan). Whatever you call it, the bug out bag concept was envisioned as a bag to carry everything you will need to LIVE for 72 hours if you only have that bag on your back and nothing else in the world. Why did I put the emphasis on live? That is because a lot of people start throwing everything but the kitchen sink in their packs and it is one of the reasons why I wrote the post “Is your bug out bag going to get you killed?

When you start adding items with minimal practical use or perhaps less likelihood of keeping you alive then you start adding weight. Do this enough times and your bug out bag becomes an unwieldy mess that can cause injuries or worse, get you killed. So what are some ways we can prevent that from happening?

Don’t carry too much water

Unless you live in the desert and I know that some of you do, water should be something that you know how to find and can easily disinfect to make it drinkable. For the large majority of us, packing 3 days’ worth of water is suicide in terms of size and weight and it is really unnecessary. Again, if you live in a desert I am not talking to you, but you really need to evaluate your plans also.

Sawyer Mini is a lightweight hero when it comes to water filtration.

Sawyer Mini is a lightweight hero when it comes to water filtration.

Water sources are everywhere and you only need a good water filter to make all but the nastiest water perfectly safe for drinking. I like pump filters like the MSR Miniworks EX Microfilter and have taken this on several backpacking trips because they are simple and filter water very quickly. In terms of sheer weight and even space reduction, the Sawyer Mini Water Filtration System is a real champ though and in those respects it kicks even decently sized filters like the Miniworks to the curb. The Miniworks weighs 1 pound. The Sawyer mini weighs 2 ounces.

For water I would carry one full litter bottle and have one plastic bladder that I would use to collect water that I need to filter with my Sawyer. Nalgene water bladders weigh almost nothing empty and can roll up to fit in tiny spaces. My plan is to find and filter water as I need it along the way. Could you boil your water instead and maybe save these few ounces or use water treatment tablets? Of course, but you have to have a fire, keep something to boil it in, wait for it to boil, then cool down, lather rinse repeat or deal with the weird taste of those tablets. The filter is the easiest fastest way to go for me and the Sawyer will filter over 100,000 gallons! That is enough to keep you alive for over 200 years if my math is right.

Don’t pack like you are going on vacation

Too many bug out bag lists will contain a spare pair of boots and another change of clothes. Do you need more clothes to live? Maybe if you are bugging out from a nudist colony and you don’t have any on, but you should already have some clothes on. Maybe you need to adjust your wardrobe and put on a good pair of boots before you bug out, but packing another set of clothes takes up space and adds weight; especially if you are packing heavy winter clothes.

Dress in layers and take items that will compensate for a lot of additional items. I would bring a pair of socks so you always have a dry pair, set of clean underwear and not much else. If it was cold I would have a base layer(s) and maybe a fleece, but I might have that on my body anyway. Clothes shouldn’t be packed in place of shelter; you should deal with that separately.

What about my camping towel, deck of cards, favorite coffee cup and my travel pillow? Leave all of that stuff at home. This pack should only have the essentials if your goal is truly to have the least amount of weight you can. If you are running from everything you know for some reason you have bigger problems than a pillow and you will never pack everything you need in all scenarios for all situations so why try?

Use a tarp instead of a tent

Tents can easily weigh 5 pounds so they are prime opportunities for reducing weight. One of the simplest alternatives to packing a tent is to pack either a rain fly or tarp. Tents do not offer much in the way of protection from the elements unless you have a serious mosquito problem and primarily they are for keeping the rain off of you while you sleep and maybe affording some degree of privacy.

For a really nice option that also gives you camouflage, you could go with the Aqua-Quest Heavy duty tarp. This will string up easily between two trees, keep the rain off of you and as long as you were in a wooded area, this could prevent your location from being noticed by passersby. This tarp weighs 3.4 pounds so there are some savings but it rolls up much smaller than a regular tent and you don’t have to worry about those stupid poles and stakes that are always lost. Breaking down and setting up will go much faster as well once you have a simple tarp rigging system down and memorized.

Pack a tarp instead of a tent.

Pack a tarp instead of a tent.

Rain fly’s for hammocks are a similar option but usually weigh a little bit less. It’s the same concept as a tarp but with a slightly different footprint and coverage area. The ENO Pro Fly Rain Tarp only weighs 22 ounces and that is a huge difference from that 5 pound tent.

Look at the weight of your bag itself

Sometimes we can save weight simply by looking at our bug out bag that we are carrying all of this lifesaving gear in. Take just two common bags out there, the Rush 72 by 5.11 Tactical and the Maxpedition Pygmy Falcon II. These bags are not without their differences, but the Rush 72 weighs 4.8 pounds and the Maxpedition Pygmy weighs 2 pounds 1 ounce.

Now I don’t have both of these bags in front of me so the 5.11 could be twice as large as the Pygmy, and with a name like Pygmy, you know it isn’t Super Grande, but the point is your bag also contributes to the overall weight. Maybe if you are looking to shave some pounds and you make some of the changes above you won’t need as large of a bag in the first place. Something to consider.

Lighten your food load

Food is a great place to reduce weight. On one of our first backpacking trips into the woods we didn’t think about weight at all, we thought about pigging out after long days hiking with heavy packs. We had foil packets of tuna, summer sausage, cheese and crackers, whole bags of trail mix, pop tarts and cookies. We never even made it through all of our food that we packed in and in the process of that first backpacking trip learned a valuable lesson. Some foods weigh more than others and you don’t really need to pig out that much to have more than enough to keep you alive.

For a bug out scenario I am looking for a great calorie to weight ratio and one option is G.O.R.P which is simply good old raisins and peanuts. It’s a trail staple and Graywolf Survival has a great write up on this subject. One problem with G.O.R.P is it’s shelf life and ability to handle storage extremes. If your bug out bag is always located in the hall closet or down in the basement where it’s always 62 degrees then G.O.R.P is a great option. The trick is to only eat as much as you need based upon the caloric content. You can’t just eat until you are full or else all your G.O.R.P will be gone the first day.

Other options which are more heat tolerant and long lasting when we look at from a storage perspective are emergency ration bars (my current Get Home Bag option) and freeze-dried food like Mountain House. These are lighter than bringing 6 cans of spam in your pack and can take the heat of a car parked in the summer without spoiling.

Also, these options don’t require you to bring your own mess kit which is another item that isn’t necessary. Just bring a spoon like the Titanium Spork or even an old plastic spoon from an MRE and you are good to go. The Emergency Rations don’t even need that.

Reconsider One Is None

A prepping mantra is “One is none and two is one.” That simply means that stuff happens. Murphy will appear when you least expect him and anything you have can be lost or broken. That single water filter you have could roll down the hill, into the river and out to the ocean. The survival knife you have could be lodged in that great big bear you were forced to scare away from your camp and they might run off into the woods never to be seen again.

The temptation to pack two of everything sounds like great advice but it isn’t necessary or practical in a bug out bag. Could you find a use for two fire starting kits? Maybe. Could you need a back-up rain poncho? You could, but all of your redundancy is adding weight. Think carefully about whether you need this weight or maybe you should just be more careful. If we were talking about prepping supplies for the home I definitely agree that having two is a good idea, but when it comes to hiking through the woods, trying to survive I am less likely to adhere to that advice. I know I could regret it, but we are talking about weight reduction here.

Maybe there are certain items that you could have two of like a knife or a way to start a fire. I have a multi-tool as part of my EDC which has a knife that could be my backup. Also, I have a fire steel and a Bic lighter, but I am not going to carry two tarps in case I lose one.

Sleeping bag Options

Sleeping bags are another item that can weigh a lot and take up a bunch of space. I have a military sleep system that I purchased at a gun show that I love but would never put this in my bug out bag if I was trying to save space or weight. It is huge and heavy. I also have sleeping bags from Wiggy’s that are very warm, but they also take up a lot of space.

You can spend hundreds on very expensive bags that pack down small or you can spend a lot less money, dress in layers and maybe use your survival bivvy to supplement that system. The Recon 3 from Elite Systems is easily half the size and weight of my Wiggy’s and costs a heck of a lot less. Will it last as long as the other bags or keep me warm down to -20? No, but if it is -20 my butt is looking for shelter and a heat source.

So there are 7 ideas for reducing the weight of your bug out bag. What ideas do you have?

 

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Colloidal Silver in Emergency Preparedness – pt. 2http://www.theprepperjournal.com/2014/12/16/colloidal-silver-emergency-preparedness-pt-2/ http://www.theprepperjournal.com/2014/12/16/colloidal-silver-emergency-preparedness-pt-2/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:30:33 +0000 http://www.theprepperjournal.com/?p=12371 Written by R. Barry King, PhD on The Prepper Journal.

Editors Note: This is the second article on the benefits of Colloidal Silver as part of a well-rounded preparedness plan by R. Barry King, PhD. You can read the first article of this series here. Part Two – Preparation and Use The term COLLOID refers to any substance that forms a particle so finely divided […]

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Editors Note: This is the second article on the benefits of Colloidal Silver as part of a well-rounded preparedness plan by R. Barry King, PhD. You can read the first article of this series here.

Part Two – Preparation and Use

The term COLLOID refers to any substance that forms a particle so finely divided that it will not precipitate due to the force of gravity and stays suspended in a fluid due to the effect of its tiny size or from electric charge. The production of true colloidal silver, or nano-silver, is quite easy and any eight year old can do it in about 20 minutes on the kitchen table.

C. Silver seems to be non-toxic to humans, pets and plant life. It has been shown in valid research to be effective against every microorganism on which it has been evaluated, including viruses. Performance as an emergency water disinfectant and first aid infection fighter is unmatched. The scientific literature also seems to imply it is effective against influenza, hepatitis, shingles, the common cold, herpes, and STDs. Odorless and tasteless, C. Silver is being used internally by many individuals as a protection against food poisoning after eating out and they always take it on travel. Two ounces twice a day is what most researchers are recommending, when needed. The following quotes are taken from the medical literature:

“There is no microbe known that is not killed by Colloidal Silver in six minutes or less in a dilution as little as 5 ppm” – Dr. Henry Crooks, MD

“C. Silver is the best antibiotic known” – Dr. Francisco Contreras, MD

“I sincerely recommend that everyone have electrically generated colloidal silver in their home as an antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial and anti-fungal agent.” – J. Weissman, MD, UC Medical School

True colloidal silver is best prepared at home on a regular basis. Information on my CS generator for home use can be found at the conclusion of this article. Look for the name — QwykSilver

Contrary to the claims of some modern writers, it becomes immediately obvious from only a casual glance at the scientific data that true colloidal silver is indeed a Godsend for human nutrition and anti-infection and carries no threats to human health along the way. Moneyed interests have tried to mask and minimize the benefits of natural remedies ever since modern medicine matured in the early 20th century. Silver was the mainstay of defense against infection until the invention of penicillin in the 1930’s. Then, silver was relegated to a back seat in deference to the more profitable antibiotics of the modern era. But, that turn of events has stalled with the development of antibiotic-resistant organisms. The death toll from MRSA and a dozen other resistant germs has taken the lives of untold thousands of patients who contracted the infection while in the hospital! And silver could have prevented these tragic losses. Indeed, today modern medicine is returning to silver for its powerful effects against infections and contagious diseases. All the burn clinics of the world utilize silver for the sterilization of burn wounds. Surgeries are utilizing silver impregnated bandaging. Silver is used in Band-Aids® to combat infection. Silver is utilized in the delivery room for treatment of infant’s eyes to prevent infection. Ask your MD if all this is not true. So, why would any physician deny a patient the protective use of colloidal silver in any health regimen?

The stark reality is that most, if not all, of the infectious diseases we are dealing with today are quickly brought under control by the use of nano-silver and its associated forms.

The reader needs to exercise great caution in selecting from all the products available today and marketed as Colloidal Silver from the many purveyors that can be found online and in health food stores. The quality of these products varies from A to Z and the old adage from the sideshow carnival applies here, “Ya pays your money, and ya takes your chances.”

Bottled CS products have been manufactured in some remote location, sometimes overseas, and stored in inventory until shipment to the wholesaler. Then it remains there until shipped to a retailer. Then it sits on the retailer’s shelf until sold. One might ask, “Does CS have a shelf life?” Yes, it does. What this shelf life happens to be depends on a number of factors, over which the buyer has no control whatsoever. I have heard from my clients that fluids bought in health food stores, at very high prices indeed, have delivered sad performances. The cost of these products ranges from $4 to $10 per ounce. The cost of home generated CS is in the range of pennies per gallon and a pair of electrodes can last a year or two. Home generation has the advantage of being under the direct control of the user who knows that it is fresh.

How to prepare colloidal silver

Fresh Colloidal Silver can be manufactured at home with ease. The ideal therapeutic concentration is between 5 and 10 parts per million as silver (Ag). The use of the QwykSilver home generator is the method of choice for many Preppers and personnel who work overseas and in impoverished areas with little or no available medical help. They always take along their “Dr. in a Bottle.”

The setup is quick and easy. First, place about a half-inch of tap water (preferably charcoal filtered, but it’s only an option) into the Mason jar provided in the kit. Then, fill the jar with Distilled water from the grocery store. I never add salt, as that encourages the formation of silver chloride which is toxic and not as effective as a germ fighter. Next, simply place the lid (with electrodes) on the jar and connect the nine-volt battery supplied in the kit to the pure silver electrodes as shown. The perfect size generator for this kit is a 16 oz. pint size jar (supplied). A quart jar will do nicely, but will require a little more generation time. Make sure you are using a glass container and NEVER use any type metal container.   Place the generator on a dark background.

Place the generator on a dark background.

Place the generator on a dark background.

You will notice that one electrode will begin to make a mist, while the other one generates bubbles. This slight cloudiness consists of fine silver that is being stripped from the positive (anode) electrode and becoming colloidal and ionic in form. After many months of use, you may need to replace one or both electrodes. Replacement electrodes are available from me at a cost of $42/pair postpaid.

Included in the kit is a push-button red laser light. Shine the laser through the fluid in the jar and observe the silver pouring off the positive electrode. Stir ONLY with a plastic utensil to distribute any cloudiness. Continual stirring is not necessary. As the fluid gets milky (sometimes the fluid remains clear) the process is proceeding and is complete when the laser beam is clearly visible. Check your progress often. This usually takes 10 to 35 minutes (maybe a bit longer with a quart jar) and that’s very Qwyk.

Some say that you should run the generator until the solution looks yellow, but that is not necessary. Your solution will test out at around 6 to 10 parts per million Total Ag and that is optimal for effectiveness. Any more than that is just a waste and makes the electrode life much shorter.

Your finished product should look something similar to this:

ColloidalSilver2

Slight cloudiness consists of fine silver that is being stripped from the positive (anode) electrode and becoming colloidal and ionic in form.

 

Store your freshly made C. Silver solution in a dark cupboard and never refrigerate. Light can degrade the C. Silver in short order.

Usage and Dosage

Contrary to the claims of some modern writers, it becomes immediately obvious from only a casual glance at the scientific data that true colloidal silver is indeed a Godsend for human nutrition and anti-infection and carries no threats to human health along the way. Moneyed interests have tried to mask and minimize the benefits of natural remedies ever since modern medicine matured in the early 20th century. Silver was the mainstay of defense against infection until the invention of penicillin in the 1930’s. Then, silver was relegated to a back seat in deference to the more profitable antibiotics of the modern era. But, that turn of events has stalled with the development of antibiotic-resistant pathogens. The death toll from MRSA and a dozen other resistant germs has taken the lives of untold thousands of patients who contracted the infection while in the hospital! And silver could have prevented many of these tragic losses. Indeed, today modern medicine is returning to silver for its powerful effects against infections and contagious diseases. All the burn clinics of the world utilize silver for the sterilization of burn wounds. Surgeries are utilizing silver impregnated bandaging. Silver is used in Band-Aids® to combat infection. Silver is utilized in the delivery room for treatment of infant’s eyes to prevent infection. Ask your MD if all this is not true. So, why would any physician deny a patient the protective use of colloidal silver in any health regimen?

The author is a retired Professor of Environmental Science and Human Nutrition and has been a practicing scientist for some 44 years now. The stark reality is that most, if not all, of the infectious diseases we are dealing with today are quickly brought under control by the use of nano-silver and its associated forms. Many of my clients are MDs and Pharmacist Clinicians who regularly prescribe my generator for their patients who suffer from such maladies as Lyme’s disease, candida and other mold and yeast infections, chronic rhino sinusitis, shingles and other herpes viral infections, diabetic skin ulcers, eye, ear, nose and throat infections, and the like. They all report marvelous success in treatment.

I have been asked many times, “if C. Silver kills bacteria, then won’t it destroy the friendly microbes in the gut and bowel as well?” The answer is fairly straightforward. C. Silver kills anaerobic pathogens, yeasts and fungi in the lower bowel, but leaves the healthy aerobic colon flora alone. It seems to inactivate the enzymes that support facultative and strict anaerobic metabolism, but does not affect the normal aerobic gut flora we need for healthy digestion and absorption.   Very seldom is it necessary to prescribe a probiotic to bolster the healthy digestive tract flora.

Then too, silver seems to act as an amphoteric metal in its physical chemistry. These metals are soluble and biologically active and bioavailable at acid and at basic pH, but insoluble and unavailable at neutral pH, so as the stomach is acidic, Ag is bioactive and fights infections of the alimentary tract while in the stomach, but when bile is injected into the duodenum as the food leaves the stomach and enters the small intestine, the pH neutralizes and the killing action is prevented from acting on the friendly microbes of the gut. Any pathogens and toxins that were ingested into the stomach are eliminated, but the normal friendly flora of the gut is maintained. Elemental silver is then fairly quickly eliminated in the urine and feces so that no buildup will occur IF THE SILVER IS A TRUE COLLOID AND NOT A SILVER SALT. All the fears that have been artificially generated by the opponents of C. silver sort of, well, uh, go down the toilet here.

So what dosage is effective? Generally, applied directly to a questionable source of drinking water, very little is needed. As little as 1 part per million (ppm) is sufficient to render about any water source potable and safely drinkable. That would take about 4 oz. of fresh C. Silver per gallon.

If you are disinfecting an open wound, use C. Silver to wash and cleanse the wound going as deep as possible before applying any anti biotic and soak the bandaging in the CS fluid, re-wetting occasionally. Wounds heal much faster and leave little or no scarring when treated with C. Silver.

Always include a quart of Clorox® in your Emergency Prep gear. Use it to immediately disinfect any water source at a dose of 1 to 2 tablespoons per gallon if you can suffer the bad taste. But, as Clorox has no residual action and quickly evaporates, add C. Silver for continued and residual disinfection. Then your water should remain germ-free for months on end.

Most researchers recommend a dosage of 2 oz. per day for the average adult. In times of high stress and possibly contagious infection, 4 oz. per day should suffice. Children and small pets can do well on 1 oz. per day. I know of some who have given 4-8 oz. per day to horses when they have contracted Parvo virus when the poor animal was sent home to die by the attending vet. They recovered rapidly and survived.

It is recommended that C. Silver use be extended as long as the threat continues. But, when conditions return to non-threatening, a much lower daily dosage may be in order, say 2 oz. every third day, or so.

 

About the Author: Dr. King is a retired Professor of Environmental Science and Human Nutrition and the author of four books—two textbooks on Biotechnology, a Novel “Bad Medicine” and a treatise on Paleoclimate. His fifth, “The Bible on NanoSilver” will be available in mid-2015 on Amazon. He is the designer, along with a PhD engineer and a compounding Pharmacist Clinician, of a Colloidal Silver Generator for home use – the QwykSilver Dr. in a Bottle, which is Money Back Guaranteed and sells for $90, plus $6 S&H. He may be contacted by email at: TenEagles999@yahoo.com and to order the generator.

 

DISCLAIMER – These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and C. silver is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any diseases. We make no claims whatsoever.

Dolphins are SILVER all over and also very QWYK both intellectually and physically.

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Prepping 101 – Organize your Prepping Supplieshttp://www.theprepperjournal.com/2014/12/13/prepping-101-organize-prepping-supplies/ http://www.theprepperjournal.com/2014/12/13/prepping-101-organize-prepping-supplies/#comments Sat, 13 Dec 2014 23:58:34 +0000 http://www.theprepperjournal.com/?p=12364 Written by Pat Henry on The Prepper Journal.

Since I started prepping officially back in late 2007 I have made quite a few purchases. Some of these have been incremental, single purchases and some have been raids of the local Walmart or Sam’s Club to buy a ton of items in one trip. When I do get to make trips like this I […]

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Since I started prepping officially back in late 2007 I have made quite a few purchases. Some of these have been incremental, single purchases and some have been raids of the local Walmart or Sam’s Club to buy a ton of items in one trip. When I do get to make trips like this I usually come out of the stores with bags of items and have to put them somewhere.

In the past I would try to incorporate my prepping supplies into the rest of my household items thinking that by doing this I would enable a good rotation plan. If you add 12 packs of batteries into the battery drawer you will ensure they are used and never expire or at least that was what I thought. I did this with things like batteries, hygiene items and first aid supplies but then I went to look for batteries for a GPS I bought several months later only to find that we were almost completely out. My kids had gone through a ton of double AA’s over the summer playing their Wii.

Then I went to audit the bug out bags and found other problems. In each bug out bag I had a small clear plastic bag that contained the basic hygiene supplies so that if we were forced from our home we could clean up should the opportunity present itself. I had travel size toothpaste, shampoo, hand sanitizer, toothbrushes and other minor items that would just help you feel like a human again if you had been without a shower for a while. Three of the bags were missing items that had been pilfered throughout the year for camping trips, vacations and out of town travel. I was starting to see a problem with my plan.

I figured on buying a ton of prepping supplies and then checking that box off my big prepping checklist that I had. Once I bought these sundry items I figured I was good, but I slowly remembered due to this reinforcement that I was pretty much the only person who was thinking about supplies like this in my family.

After that I began to hide all of my prepping supplies. Not really, but I began to take them out of circulation so they wouldn’t disappear without my knowledge. I put a bunch of supplies in a large bin and tucked it safely away behind a lot of other things like wrapping paper that was reserved for the holidays, decorative centerpieces and Knick knacks that almost any home has. My wife knew about these supplies so that if I wasn’t around she could make use of them, but keeping them out of the general population of household items ensured they didn’t get used.

One day my wife told me we were out of pain medicine and naturally this occurs when she has a screaming headache. She asked me if I had any, knowing that I had planned for the apocalypse like a good prepper and of course I did. I didn’t want to dig into my stash though. Not because I wanted my wife to have any pain, but I didn’t want to have to resupply the aspirin or Motrin or whatever she needed, but naturally I dug out my box and grabbed her the medicine she was asking for.

It was like a trip down memory lane for someone who doesn’t have a very exciting life. I opened the box to see the items I had stored and smiled to myself a little for being so darn smart to have thought of this in the first place. About that time I looked at the expiration date on the Tylenol and realized it was expired by a year. I know that expiration dates do not render medicine bad or ineffective, but still I wanted to have the freshest supplies for my family so I needed to go back to the drawing board.

Organized so that you know where things are

Organization is an important part of prepping to avoid some of the problems I mentioned above but primarily it helps you to know where your supplies are. Have you ever purchased anything related to prepping and then couldn’t remember where you put it? I have done this before and almost always find it, but if time was of the essence, looking around the house for that crucial piece of gear is not what you need to be focused on.

The problem usually comes down to storage space. If you have a ton of storage space in your home, like a completely empty basement or garage, no problem. If you are like a lot of people and shoving food under the bed you have to think about your prepping organization plan a little differently. I wish I had a basement that I could line with shelves and keep all of my supplies, food and tools in an easy to access place, but I do not.

When space is at a premium, it helps to group like items together in storage bins so you can keep track of what you have and for perishable items, rotate stock. All those prepping supplies hidden in the back of the closet were fine but I neglected to remember to rotate things we did use like medicine, vitamins and batteries. Almost everything else in there, because it was stored in a climate controlled environment would last for decades without any problem

A place for everything and everything in its place.

A place for everything and everything in its place.

Organized so that others know where things are

Organization is something that my wife and one daughter have in their DNA. Actually, if I gave my daughter a pile of all of our prepping gear, enough time and plastic storage totes, she would have it all organized, notated and inventoried. Wait, now that I say that…

Seriously though. It isn’t just enough to go on your supply runs to Walmart and drop a couple hundred dollars and hide it away. Your family needs to know where to turn if you aren’t there and they need something. Hiding supplies in your desk drawer isn’t a system. You should have a designated place for prepping supplies or maybe several but the supplies should be labeled and your family should understand that some things are not to be used. It helps to start this when you are getting started prepping but can also be changed even if you have been prepping for years. All it takes is some spare time and a plan.

I have broken my supplies down into categories:

  • Food
  • Shelter
  • Security
  • Hygiene
  • Sanitation
  • Communications
  • Lighting

Food is the easiest because we do eat on this every day, it has a place already (the pantry) and I don’t worry about anyone taking food because it has to be rotated. I do have places for freeze-dried food and MRE’s because those are not part of our short-term storage.

The other items are located in bins in various places that my family knows about.

Organized so you can rotate items in your storage

There are some items you don’t have to worry about rotating. For example in the hygiene box I have soap, shampoo, toothpaste, combs, razors and a lot of other things. We don’t need to rotate any of these supplies because they will last decades provided the storage location is free from heat or moisture.

Items like batteries last the longest in cool (not refrigerated) spaces so I wouldn’t want these to get stored in an out building. They should ideally be rotated too but if stored in their original sealed plastic they will last a very long time. Vitamins should be rotated, so should medicines and one way to do this is to keep your rotatable items in a separate container. When you go to the store to purchase new medicine, it goes in this container and you take out something with a closer expiration date. Instead of throwing everything in the same drawer, this discipline will make it more obvious that you need to use the first in first out items. It also helps that your spouse is on board with this plan.

It might seem easier to shove everything into a big box and forget about it, but a little organization will help you and your family with knowing what you have, keeping their intended use in the front of your minds and ensuring you can find it quickly when you need it.

What organization ideas or practices do you use in your prepping storage efforts?

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What Part of Shall Not Be Infringed Do You Not Understand?http://www.theprepperjournal.com/2014/12/12/what-part-of-shall-not-be-infringed-do-you-not-understand/ http://www.theprepperjournal.com/2014/12/12/what-part-of-shall-not-be-infringed-do-you-not-understand/#comments Fri, 12 Dec 2014 16:08:56 +0000 http://www.theprepperjournal.com/?p=12332 Written by Pat Henry on The Prepper Journal.

The UN’s Arms Trade Treaty which covers everything from small arms to battle tanks, combat aircraft and warships – will enter into force on 24 December 2014, Christmas Eve. This treaty has not been ratified by our Congress but has the support of our Secretary of State, John Kerry who signed it and our President, […]

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The UN’s Arms Trade Treaty which covers everything from small arms to battle tanks, combat aircraft and warships – will enter into force on 24 December 2014, Christmas Eve. This treaty has not been ratified by our Congress but has the support of our Secretary of State, John Kerry who signed it and our President, who without expressly mentioning the treaty, said in a speech at the UN in September that all nations “must meet our responsibility to observe and enforce international norms.” The problem with that statement and this treaty is that we the people aren’t in control of what those ‘international norms’ are and as we have seen time and time again, those international norms might be detrimental to our country.

Many preppers and 2nd Amendment proponents believe that the Arms Trade Treaty will first lead to registration of all firearms and when that happens, historically the next step is confiscation through some means. Technically, no treaty can be put into action in the United States unless it has been ratified by a 2/3 majority of the senate. This fact is what most people cite when they are trying to refute any legitimate concerns about the UN Arms Trade Treaty or any other treaty’s potential effect on our country. This sounds well and good and serves to placate some, but for this fail-safe to have any weight you would first need to have a government that followed the letter of the constitution and additionally, that government would need to follow the wishes of the citizens they are representing.

Our government has proven time and time again that following the constitution is simply not something they feel they have to do when it stands in their way. For example, the senate has never voted on the Kyoto Protocol but that hasn’t stopped the EPA from enacting rules complying with the main goals of that treaty. Coal plants are being shut down left and right while the US and China recently agreed to let China keep growing their output of carbon emissions (with coal power plants) until 2030. There are many examples of policies that are enacted that fall well outside the bounds of Constitutional limits on power but that doesn’t stop our representatives does it? On any issue there is more brainpower spent on finding ways around the Constitution than actually following it with the seeming goal of every single facet of law being finally decided by the Supreme Court. It’s as if in our society, the rules we decided long ago to set for ourselves are only as good as the interpretations of people today and if every single thing can be challenged (and in some cases changed), we don’t really have a Constitution at all. What we have is a framework for legal arguments that only establishes a baseline which can be over ruled completely by a simple majority of ideology on the bench.

 mass grave of victims Choeung Ek Memorial - The site of a former orchard and mass grave of victims of the Khmer Rouge - killed between 1975 and 1979 -

Choeung Ek Memorial – The site of a former orchard and mass grave of victims of the Khmer Rouge – killed between 1975 and 1979.

As for a government that listens to their constituents, that long gone relic of thought is promised by every single person running for office. “I feel your pain” The truth of the matter is that in this day and age, every politician is a benefactor of the same special interests. There are no democrat and republican sides whenever both are receiving money from the same companies. The elected politicians, by overwhelming majority do not care what you say or want because they don’t answer to you. Their actions directly contradict election results, polls and public outcry. The 2014 mid-term elections recently held should have sent a very strong signal to the leadership of both parties that the country wasn’t on-board with the policies of the current administration and the direction of affairs with the Congress, however; Obamacare and Amnesty both remain intact without so much as a whimper from our newly elected majority who promised for years to repeal it as soon as they were ‘in power’. To add insult to injury, the Republicans just released a 1 trillion budget proposal just over 24 hours before a procedural vote on it knowing that nobody would have time to read it. Same tricks but a different face is behind the podium. Why should we expect anything different from what we have been seeing?

Do you really feel that there is anything ‘your party’ is going to do to stop elements of this treaty from being implemented if it is in their best interests?

What’s so wrong with simply registering all guns?

What’s the harm in simply registering you say? It makes sense that government would want to know who has guns, so they can ensure that bad people don’t have them. You can’t argue with that logic can you? Well yes I can try. Registration will only be done by law-abiding people. The criminals they will try to get you to believe this registration would stop would never turn themselves or their guns in. If that were true, why wouldn’t criminals be lining up a police offices every day because we do have laws already, don’t we? How is this not obvious to everyone? I maintain that it is obvious to the people who are pushing for any restriction and by that I am referring to registration,  of our 2nd amendment rights.

Do guns kill people? Yes they do, but deaths by guns are a small fraction of the total deaths in the US each year. If you want to know who really kills people you have to look at governments historically.

Turkish official teasing starved Armenian children by showing bread during the Armenian Genocide, 1915

Turkish official teasing starved Armenian children by showing bread during the Armenian Genocide, 1915

Yes, you read that right. Governments are responsible for more deaths of their citizens in the 20th century than any other unnatural cause. It is called Democide and is been documented by R. J. Rummel, formerly of the University of Hawaii Political Science Department. He writes:

Most probably near 170,000,000 people have been murdered in cold-blood by governments, well over three-quarters by absolutist regimes. The most such killing was done by the Soviet Union (near 62,000,000 people), the communist government of China is second (near 35,000,000), followed by Nazi Germany (almost 21,000,000), and Nationalist China (some 10,000,000). Lesser megamurderers include WWII Japan, Khmer Rouge Cambodia, WWI Turkey, communist Vietnam, post-WWII Poland, Pakistan, and communist Yugoslavia. The most intense democide was carried out by the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, where they killed over 30 percent of their subjects in less than four years.

The best predictor of this killing is regime power. The more arbitrary power a regime has, the less democratic it is, and the more likely it will kill its subjects or foreigners. The conclusion is that power kills, absolute power kills absolutely.

But we live in a democracy in the United States and we elect our representatives. We have a rule of law and nothing like the atrocities you mention above would ever happen here. Really? I certainly hope not and so it is with much interest that I have and will be keeping track of what goes on after December 24th and into the future on this topic.

But Mr. Rummel’s statement has weight in historical precedence and is alarming when looked at from the context of where we are as a country today. One could argue that our regime has an increasingly disturbing amount of ‘arbitrary power’. That is power that they have assumed that is outside of the Constitution and the really fun part is they keep giving themselves more of it every day. Some of this power was enacted by law of course, but it is power nonetheless and it never decreases, it only becomes more vast. From the Patriot Act, to NSA Spying, to treaties with foreign nations, harassment of political parties, to illegal searches, illegal detainment without cause, to killing people without a trial and just yesterday they passed a bill which grants the government and law enforcement “unlimited access to the communications of every American”. How much power is that?

What does this mean to preppers?

Our second amendment was written expressly to give we the people a means to protect ourselves from a tyrannical government. This wasn’t about ‘letting us have’ weapons for hunting or shooting clay pigeons. The second amendment says that our right to bear arms ‘shall not be infringed’. It doesn’t say what type of arms meaning that you can assume they only meant musket loaders. It was intentionally open and only spoke to our rights, not the specifics of the weapons.

The Supreme Court even stated in the Heller decision that the second amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects an individual’s right to own firearms for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home. Even with that they left some ambiguity by allowing certain restrictions to gun ownership. This argument over who can have guns and what limits authority should put on gun ownership is not going away even with this ruling and it seems that challenges to the amendment could happen one day in that ongoing process we have called the courts. I can see that on the horizon again as new actions are taken in an effort to limit the ability American’s have of defending themselves because that is what it is all about. The UN and other anti-gun voices do not believe you have a right to self-defense. So you have to ask yourself why a bunch of representatives from countries that do not recognize the fundamental right to possess weapons are so keen to take ours. They prefer to give that power solely to the State which takes me back to Democide.

Following the public announcement of the establishment of the Lodz ghetto on February 8, 1940, Jews were expelled from all other parts of the city and moved into the ghetto area. 164,000 Jews were imprisoned in the ghetto when the Germans sealed it off on April 30, 1940.

Following the public announcement of the establishment of the Lodz ghetto on February 8, 1940, Jews were expelled from all other parts of the city and moved into the ghetto area. 164,000 Jews were imprisoned in the ghetto when the Germans sealed it off on April 30, 1940.

Why would we willingly give away our rights to self-defense when time after time it has been shown to be the ones we have the most to fear from are the very ones telling us we don’t need guns?

I have written before about the phrase “From my cold dead hands” and I haven’t changed my opinion. I do not say that phrase lightly, but I wonder if there will be a decision we face in our future that could have far-reaching impacts on the security of our lives. Each of us should carefully consider the larger picture of events that are happening in our world. We may not get the disaster you are expecting, that would necessitate throwing on our bug out bags and living under a tarp. We may face a different enemy who will come to us with a message of “common sense reforms” and wrap this all in a promise of “keeping everyone safe”. Take that with a grain of salt and remember the words of Alexander Solzhenitsyn in the Gulag Archipelago. Gulag was his literary-historical record of the vast system of prisons and labor camps that came into being shortly after the Bolsheviks seized power in Russia in 1917 and underwent an enormous expansion during the rule of Stalin from 1924 to 1953. It is a fascinating read and warning to those who can see the echos of history in our country and around the world today.

“During an arrest, you think since you are not guilty, how can they arrest you? Why should you run away? And how can you resist right then? After all, you’ll only make your situation worse; you will make it more difficult for them to sort out the mistake.

And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say goodbye to his family?

Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand?

The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin’s thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt! We did not love freedom enough. Every man always has handy a dozen glib little reasons why he is right not to sacrifice himself.”

For what it’s worth, I do not believe that we will most likely see bands of armed soldiers rounding up whole cities as they did during the Soviet Union days Solzhenitsyn lived through. I do think we will need to make a choice and I think we should be guarded even more so about how far we let things slip away from us. The arbitrary power that keeps building, if left unchecked would be the same as not resisting in Solzhenitsyn’s days. If you don’t put up a fight, you might not like what happens to you.

We say “What part of Shall Not Be Infringed Do You Not Understand” as a way of challenging anyone who believes that guns and firearms only belong in the hands of the military or police. It is an in-your-face type of confrontation that we employ to convey the frustration and absurdity of the issue in our minds. Perhaps that message should be one that we ask ourselves? Maybe we are the ones who need to remember “Shall Not Be Infringed” more so than the people who want to excuse away that right. Maybe the lessons of history and the rights we have shouldn’t be used as an argument with people who will never be persuaded. Perhaps, the message is one we need to take to heart and live out to the expectations of those brave men who recorded this phrase for us. We are the only ones who need to remember this right and by that same token, we are the only ones who can lose it willingly.

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How can Bulletproof Vests Help Preppers Stay Protected this Winter?http://www.theprepperjournal.com/2014/12/10/can-bulletproof-vests-help-preppers-stay-protected-winter/ http://www.theprepperjournal.com/2014/12/10/can-bulletproof-vests-help-preppers-stay-protected-winter/#comments Wed, 10 Dec 2014 21:42:46 +0000 http://www.theprepperjournal.com/?p=12311 Written by Pat Henry on The Prepper Journal.

“We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.” – Winston Churchill Imagine a world in which you are unable to sleep soundly in your bed at night. Imagine those rough men are gone, perhaps they are too far away, […]

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We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.”Winston Churchill

Imagine a world in which you are unable to sleep soundly in your bed at night. Imagine those rough men are gone, perhaps they are too far away, or are no longer able or willing to visit violence on your behalf. What if the rough men are no longer standing ready to protect you, but instead are standing by ready to incarcerate you? What if a government agency has labeled you as a terrorist simply because you served your country,  even while they create and support radical groups that used to be the terrorists we fought against? Yes this is a bleak outlook of the future, but I don’t think anyone would challenge me on the feasibility of this happening with the right set of circumstances. Some of it already has.

We have seen as recently as the events in Ferguson, New York, and now the west coast;  violent protests that injured people and destroyed property. The motivating factors or justification for those protests aren’t up for debate in this article, but the net result is lawlessness and chaos. I won’t go into how an agency that was founded under the premise of keeping our country safe has now turned its attention and resources, paid for by our taxes, on the population they were supposed to protect, but you can form your own opinion. In this world we are all a part of now, you aren’t safer. The world we live in is not getting better no matter what pot-soaked brownies you are eating. We don’t have a kinder and gentler world where we are all just getting along.  I maintain we are headed down a path where we will see more unrest and possibly violence spreading nationwide and in that world – that rough man standing ready, may just have to be you.

As a prepper, you know how easily situations can spin out of control: over the past decade, natural disasters have rendered entire cities powerless and without essential resources; civil unrest has led to mass rioting; the threat of cataclysmic pandemics linger. Whenever society’s status quo is affected by a change in circumstance, some people seek to exploit this however they can, whether looting from stores, stealing from homes, or just causing chaos for their own amusement.

Fortunately, in most situations like this here in the western world, order is restored fairly quickly. But you never know when things may change. Within a matter of minutes or hours, the area in which you live could become a disaster-zone – this is where your prepping is key. Bullet proof armor may prove vital in an emergency situation, if others try to take what’s yours by force: you should stock up on vests for you and your loved ones. However, bullet proof vests are also good to have whenever simply planning to shoot guns – whether you’re heading out for target practice at the range or training your family in how to safely handle a gun this winter, how can bulletproof armor protect you?

Which Bulletproof Vest is Best for Each Ammo-Type?

Body Armor can be worn concealed under clothes for protection in dangerous situations.

Body Armor can be worn concealed under clothes for protection in dangerous situations.

As you may or may not know, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) runs stringent tests on all bulletproof vests, and assigns each to a specific level based on the amount of protection it offers. Their latest standard – 0101.06 – features five levels: 2A, 2, 3A, 3, and 4. Bulletproof vests feature multiple layers of Kevlar, which absorb a bullet’s energy on impact, flattening the round – provided the armor offers adequate resistance against the ammo’s level.

Level 2A defends against more common, lower-velocity rounds, such as .22 mag 40-GR SP and 9mm 147-GR Subsonic; these are the most lightweight vests available, suitable for wear underneath other layers. Level 2 vests stop rounds up to .44 Mag 240-Gr JSP and 10mm 175-Gr Silver-tip. 3A is the highest level available as ‘soft’ armor, protecting up to .357 Mag 110-Gr JHP (with a maximum velocity of 473 m/s).

Level 3 is the first of the ‘hard’ armors, able to resist rifle-fire such as 7.62mm 150 Grain and .308 Winchester FMJ, with a semi-rigid design. As the highest level of ballistic protection available, level 4 vests can stop armor-piercing rounds like 30-06 AP 166 Grain and .30 Cal. 166 Grain MZ AP (fired at a high-velocity of 878 m/s); these vests feature ballistic plates (made of ceramics or steel) alongside Kevlar.

Hopefully, you and your loved ones will never need to depend on bulletproof vests, but if a dire situation befalls your area, you want to be sure you’re all as well-protected as can be. Level 3 and 4 vests will only be called upon in the most extreme circumstances, when you’re either using a high-powered rifle yourself, or expecting to come under fire from those wielding them. Lower-level vests can be worn under clothing, allowing you to stay discrete and comfortable in any situation, while higher-level ones are too bulky to be concealed. These ‘covert’ vests – worn underneath clothing – are lightweight and breathable enough for prolonged wear, perfect for staying safe without drawing attention to yourself. ‘Overt’ vests, worn over clothing, can be worn when stealth is unnecessary. You may want to collect a range of different vests to suit changing circumstances, and be sure to have enough for yourself and your family.

What Else do you Need to Consider when Buying Armor?

When buying a bullet proof vest, finding the right fit for your size and shape is essential to ensure maximum protection: the vest’s key function is preventing injury to the vital organs, and so should cover the central area of the torso only. Before you order, you should measure your height and chest, and compare these with your chosen supplier’s size chart – ask one of your family to help, for more accuracy; you also need to consider what type of clothing you’re likely to wear in emergency situations, and accommodate for the difference in measurements this will create. This winter, in the cold, you’ll wear thick layers while handling weapons outside, and so you should make sure any overt vests you buy will be big enough to fit over a jacket.

However, be careful of buying vests that are too big or too small: an over-sized body armor vest may push up into your throat with certain movements, or gape away from the body; undersized vests may feel too tight and restrictive, and leave your freedom of movement affected – a potential hazard if you need to fire accurately, or defend yourself against physical attack. Make sure you try your bulletproof vest thoroughly before wearing it in a ‘live’ situation – you need to be comfortable and familiar with its design. Never let the expense of some bulletproof vests put you off buying the ones you need – the safety they offer is priceless and you won’t get a second chance to regret your decision most likely. Where do bulletproof vests fall on your prepping priority list? As events unfold here and elsewhere in the world, it may be time to rethink and adjust.

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Your Reason for Prepping is Stupidhttp://www.theprepperjournal.com/2014/12/09/your-reason-for-prepping-is-stupid/ http://www.theprepperjournal.com/2014/12/09/your-reason-for-prepping-is-stupid/#comments Tue, 09 Dec 2014 11:00:17 +0000 http://www.theprepperjournal.com/?p=12239 Written by Pat Henry on The Prepper Journal.

Have you ever uttered these words or simply thought them to yourself? Have you maybe been talking to someone online or reading the comments on your favorite prepping site’s latest article and thought that the person commenting was an idiot for what they said their main concerns about the world were and their reasons for […]

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Have you ever uttered these words or simply thought them to yourself? Have you maybe been talking to someone online or reading the comments on your favorite prepping site’s latest article and thought that the person commenting was an idiot for what they said their main concerns about the world were and their reasons for getting prepared? From time to time I will write about a topic and although the comments are 99.5% positive (almost unheard of nowadays) there are times when someone will mock either a commenter on an article, or what I wrote specifically. They will essentially say that what someone else is saying is stupid.

Why would they react this way? It’s human nature I guess and each of us have our own ideas of what makes sense and what is irrational. We view the world through our own filters and judge what is right, wrong and plain old wacko. This could be for all manner of things from religious beliefs, politics or social issues. I am not saying I don’t do this myself to some degree, but I started to wonder why people react with just as much disdain on prepping issues as you might with a political race. I can understand if you have political differences and while I would like to hope everyone stays civil, I can see where you would disagree with my positions on any one of a number of things and come to your own conclusion that my stance is just plain wrong. Or stupid.

But what I am talking about is prepping and more precisely the reasons people give for prepping. The overall goal of preppers is what? It is to be prepared for whatever life throws at you, is that not correct? Maybe you believe that one event more than another is most likely to happen but if you are prepping in a smart way you will be ready to deal with a wide variety of situations. Preppers all over ascribe to this philosophy I think but there are others still who think they know exactly what is going to happen. Why do I say that? It is because if you don’t believe exactly as they do, or if you believe something is possible that they don’t…you are an idiot in their eyes. What they are doing to prep is rational but your ideas are crazy. When we look at what you are doing, prepping is stupid.

You are just being paranoid

Actually, it doesn’t start out like that. It is more nuanced I believe and maybe it wasn’t intentional, but I think on a subconscious level, it is an effort by these people to present themselves as mentally superior to the person they are denigrating and to avoid getting lumped into the “crazy prepper” category. How is this done? They simply say you are being paranoid. That one simple word does two things. First, it minimizes what you believe based upon your knowledge, intuition and experience. Secondly it positions them above you because they are obviously not paranoid. Paranoid has a negative connotation since it is derived from a mental condition. If you are someone exhibiting the symptoms of a mental condition, you are not to be trusted, you most likely need psychiatric help and we should ignore you as quickly as possible.

It would be one thing if this was coming from someone who we call the ‘sheeple’ – the people who go through life thinking that nothing is wrong and who steadfastly believe that the government will always take care of you. No, in this case it is coming from someone who claims to call themselves a prepper too so I don’t understand why one person who believes it is rational to take steps in case of a disaster believes that another person who is taking steps to be prepared for another disaster is a nut-ball.

I have experienced this in several ways over the last couple of years but most recently I was viewing a conversation between several preparedness bloggers. Yes we have a secret community where we all get together and talk about you. No, seriously, there is a forum for preparedness bloggers to share information and on this forum one blogger who has a site geared toward prepping was describing the content that they most wanted on their site. Among other various topics they mentioned “nothing paranoid” as in I don’t want to have anything paranoid on my site. To be fair to this blogger, I didn’t ask for clarification so they might have had a different understanding of the word but the impression is the same. I don’t want anything that I think is stupid on my site. This was also repeated on another blog I contacted almost two years ago about partnering and they told me that they didn’t want to associate with anyone who preached ‘paranoid doom and gloom’ topics or subjects.

OK, fair enough. It is your blog and you get to say whatever you want to. I understand that and believe me I feel the same way. What I don’t get though is where we have this bias on prepping topics and more specifically, what makes you think you have all the answers? Each of us is saying that in order to prepare you need to do X, Y and Z. None of that is really in dispute. Oh sure, there are differences in opinion over the best garden types and whether or not you should stock up food or learn how to forage for wild tubers in your backyard but everyone agrees you need to eat.

We talk about home security and there are worlds of differences in opinion about what is the best handgun or rifle and what situations you may find yourself but we usually agree that everyone needs some form of personal defense. We are all talking about preparing, but as soon as you start talking about what you are preparing for, you enter the uncomfortable zone. Tell anyone you have some extra food stored up and they don’t blink an eye. Tell them you have extra food stored up because you are afraid government will declare martial law… well you are just being paranoid. And stupid.

Who cares why I am prepping?

Let’s take this to a more extreme example and use our favorite “crazy” prepper issue of zombies. Now if someone truly believes that they are prepping because zombies are a real and credible threat what does that mean to you? They have food stored up, water, security in the form of firearms and self-defense training (zombie based naturally) and they have medical supplies on hand to deal with injuries resulting from contact with the undead. If they really believe that zombies will be shuffling down the street one day, how does this bother you?

In your frame of mind this is stupid. It can never happen and maybe you are right but what difference does it make? I am preparing my family for all sorts of events. What if a tornado never takes down my home? What if an earthquake, mudslide or wildfire never happen? What if the economy suddenly turns around and we are all millionaires in a few months? What if the government suddenly says, “hey, we know we have been wrong about… almost everything, so let’s start over.”? Does that make my preparations stupid?

People have compared prepping to life insurance and I like that analogy. It doesn’t matter how I die as long as I am covered by life insurance from the perspective that there is something in place to provide an income to my family. Would you call someone who gets life insurance because they live in a bad town paranoid? Would you say that someone who has a large family to protect and takes out a life insurance policy is stupid? Of course not. Insurance for a million reasons makes sense and I can’t think of anyone ever who was called paranoid for getting insurance for their family’s sake.

At least within our own prepping community I think we should have a little more grace and understanding. I don’t care if the grid goes down and my neighbor has food and provisions stocked up because he thinks we would be invaded by little green men. He is prepared and that is something I value and respect. Maybe that is what we should be focusing on instead of whether or not your reason is PC or something I agree with. Then again, maybe I’m just stupid.

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Product Review: I/O Merino Base Layershttp://www.theprepperjournal.com/2014/12/08/product-review-io-merino-base-layers/ http://www.theprepperjournal.com/2014/12/08/product-review-io-merino-base-layers/#comments Mon, 08 Dec 2014 22:36:53 +0000 http://www.theprepperjournal.com/?p=12291 Written by Pat Henry on The Prepper Journal.

I love the cooler weather and I have been asking for the temperatures to drop for what seems like several months now. Almost without exception when I pine about wanting to see snow or looking for temps in the single digits everyone within earshot tells me I am crazy. Now, don’t get me wrong; I […]

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I love the cooler weather and I have been asking for the temperatures to drop for what seems like several months now. Almost without exception when I pine about wanting to see snow or looking for temps in the single digits everyone within earshot tells me I am crazy. Now, don’t get me wrong; I like the spring too and summer in the right situation is great. Lounging by the pool, lake or ocean is nice and I enjoy warm nights where you can go outside in nothing but shorts and short sleeves. I do not like Mosquitoes though and apparently they love me. Not a fan of having to take two showers a day either but I can appreciate every season for what it brings. With the winter approaching I am thankful for cooler weather than allows me to walk the dog or work in the yard without sweating to death. Even if I am the only one who wants to go outside.

I am not a polar bear and oddly enough even if I say I like colder weather I am a big baby when it comes to cold water. I jokingly tell my wife that my extreme aversion to cold water is what kept me out of the Navy Seals. Yeah, that and a lot of other things…

I appreciate warm clothes while I am out in the elements. The best way to prepare for any type of weather, especially cold is to dress in layers. Layers allow you to add or remove clothes as you get cold or hot. Adjusting to the temperature will help you prevent sweating in the cold and assist with regulating your core temperature. Some days I have to break out several layers to stay warm. Like the last few weeks in the woods. Hunting season is upon us and I spent several early mornings and nights in the woods alone waiting on that elusive monster buck that would forever cement my place in local legend and lore. I did get a deer, but it wasn’t the mythical beast I had hoped but while waiting on my opportunity to take a shot the temperatures hovered in the low 20’s some days. I know that isn’t as cold as some of you experience but I was glad I had my base layers from I/O Merino.

I/O Merino is an Australian company who contacted me several months back about reviewing some of their base layers on the Prepper Journal. After my time in the deer stand I was glad I accepted. I/O Merino sent me 3 pieces (long sleeve zip base layer top, bottoms and a neck tube). We call it a gaiter here, but it does look like a tube. I told them the wrong size on the top so my wife actually tried out the top and the neck tube, leaving the bottoms for me. I am sure there is a pun in there somewhere…

This is the top my wife wore and no, that is not my wife.

This is the top my wife wore and no, that is not my wife.

According to my wife: “The base layer is a well-constructed, luxurious, insanely warm, comfortable addition to any wardrobe. I have worn various base layers over the years and am constantly seeking that perfect supplement to my layers. The Altitude zip base layer has thumb loops which make it simple to slide the sleeve into other garments, It has amazing stretch and the length is perfect and does not ride up after a few hours. I wore it hiking in freezing temps and it kept me warm, yet never felt suffocating. The zip crew neck allowed for ventilation if unzipped and extra warmth as the sun began to set. The neck tube also gave an additional layer that could be removed or added at will. The fabric is not itchy or scratchy like other wool blends tend to be. Another added bonus is the thinness of the fabric. I have washed it several times and it dries looking ready for wear without any shrinkage or stretching. I am blown away that a garment so lightweight could provide so much warmth. I would recommend the Altitude zip base layer to anyone from the adventurer who wants to be outdoors in freezing temps to the grandma who wants to feel a little toastier on cold winter nights.”

That is high praise from my wife who truth be told is always freezing. She will routinely wear her coat in the house when it is 68 even though that same temperature in the summer is met with shorts…

Nope, that's not me either.

Nope, that’s not me either. Very funny.

I wore the bottoms hunting like I said in below freezing temperatures and felt completely warm and toasty. I had a wool top from another company since my wife had the I/O Merino top that was Merino wool also. Actually it is much thicker that the items from I/O but did not keep me as warm as the bottoms did. The bottoms fit perfectly and didn’t sag, nor were they too tight. They were so comfortable that I wore them all day even when I walked the dog on those same days in the evening. I didn’t over heat even when walking up some steep hills and the I/O Merino wool blend that is used is so far my favorite base layer.

I/O says the pieces we tried are ”made from IO Merino flagship ‘enigma’ 96% Australian merino wool and 4% elastin fabric providing a four way stretch for easy movement and maximum next to skin contact”. Whatever they did to it, the layers feel great next to your skin and do not itch like some wool garments do. I highly recommend them for anyone who is looking for quality layers to keep warm in any season. The I/O Merino products look and feel great and most of all keep you warm on those cold nights.

Also, the good people at I/O Merino have been kind enough to offer a 20% discount off any full priced stock. Just go to their site and enter PREP20 into the discount code at checkout and enjoy some Christmas savings. If you get some of these let me know how you like them.

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World War C – The Cyber War That Cripples Americahttp://www.theprepperjournal.com/2014/12/08/world-war-c-cyber-war-cripples-america/ http://www.theprepperjournal.com/2014/12/08/world-war-c-cyber-war-cripples-america/#comments Mon, 08 Dec 2014 11:00:13 +0000 http://www.theprepperjournal.com/?p=12242 Written by Capt. William E. Simpson on The Prepper Journal.

Are Americans caught in the crossfire of a cyber-war between terrorists and the agencies of both foreign and domestic governments? These agencies, as well as certain rogue nations and terrorists are aggressively collecting information in many new ways and at multiple levels that target banking, government operations, industry and now the personal information on individual […]

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Are Americans caught in the crossfire of a cyber-war between terrorists and the agencies of both foreign and domestic governments? These agencies, as well as certain rogue nations and terrorists are aggressively collecting information in many new ways and at multiple levels that target banking, government operations, industry and now the personal information on individual citizens. The scope of ‘how and why’ this information can and is being used is very broad, and beyond the comprehension of many people. But to what end could such information be used? Possibly to strike key members of our military? Are the enemies of America now focused on destabilizing our economy through a crippling blow to our critical infrastructure? Probably! And if so, is there data that can be gleaned from individual citizens that would assist these nefarious entities in hacking into and destroying America’s critical infrastructure, such as the national electrical grid? Absolutely!

Few people haven’t heard about the whole NSA spying thing and that’s not new… What I am detailing below is new in the media.

When the media first started talking about the NSA spying on citizens last year (2013), various imagery would come to mind as average Americans pondered that possibility. Some people may have imagined a couple young techies sitting in a room full of sophisticated computers with a desk full of monitors in front of them, drinking Mountain Dew, eating Cheetos and laughing as they listen-in on some poor sod on the phone with his wife telling her about the cool blinking glow-in-the-dark condom he just bought, or something of that ilk…. But that’s not the case.

The reality is that teams of highly educated and motivated hackers (computer geniuses), with the support of psychologists, have established that there is a wealth of data that has been collected already, and continually being collected by social media websites and stored on relatively easily hacked servers. The Chinese (and others) are well aware of the ‘jackpot’ of social media data which could be harvested and used by the latest-generation of super-computers that are currently being employed by various agencies and groups.

If this data could be timely harvested and compiled by enemies of the U.S., it would greatly enhance their ability to pierce various security protocols that are in place to protect critical computers which manage things like banking, Wall Street, the national electrical grid, defense systems, communications and much more.

There was a very interesting article in FORTUNE magazine recently that outlined the reason why the Russian government tore-down the memorial to Steve Jobs (Apple’s co-founder). One reason given was that the Russian government claims that Apple uses its devices to spy on its users!

I expected as much given that about 5-years back, I reviewed a contract that DARPA was soliciting to develop a new type of extremely high-speed data harvesting algorithm. But this was no ordinary ‘data-scraper’! This algorithm would be designed as an application for the new-generation of supercomputers that were starting to be developed at that time. The algorithm that was being sought would; in real ‘actionable-time’, harvest and compile data that would generate a ‘profile’ (the computer creates an A.I. or interactive version of a harvested personality). These individual interactive profiles would provide insights into individual people at the deepest personal levels, as well as including and providing other more common data such as demographic data, birth-date, passwords, desires, dislikes, fears, friends, addresses, ages, their DOBs, favorite colors, school info, how often, how many and what types of groceries and supplies a person/household buys, etc… etc. Basically, more information about an individual person than that person could list on paper during a several hour disclosure process that would also include a psychological evaluation. And a supercomputer with the right software couple compile, create and manage hundreds of millions of these interactive profiles with great ease.

Is any of our data safe?

Is any of our data safe?

I have coined a new phrase, ‘interactive profile’ in regard to this paradigm that is generally defined as follows: The supercomputer collects so much detailed information about an individual real person that it can create a basic artificial intelligent version of that individual’s personality; or a basic facsimile of the individual’s mind; where an artificial personality is likened to an interactive program. And this program can provide behavioral responses (predictions) to certain inputs or stimuli, which are provided to the program by the supercomputer as needed in real-time, or as designated by the programmer. In other words, the A.I. personality could be given data related to vanilla ice-cream, and the response might be; ‘desirable’. Another input could be a ‘spider’ and the response might be; ‘undesirable’. Of course in addition to such responses, there could be nuances or intensities related to the response; I.E.  ‘desirable; scale 1-10)’ or ‘undesirable; scale 1-10)’

Sounds like science fiction right? It’s not!

In 2011, I was privy to a contract that DARPA submitted to a wide range of computer science experts; schools like MIT and civilian contractors, seeking the development of this high-speed algorithm. And because I had a copy of that DARPA contract, I was well aware of its details and design specifications…. remember, that was 3 years ago.

The way the desired algorithm could (is working?) work is that: DARPA at certain levels was at that time aware of the data-sets that were, and still are being collected by the various social media websites like Facebook, much of which is arguably beyond the scope of just ‘enhancing a user’s online experience’ as disclosed in their User Agreement.

Darpa’s Big Dog from 3 years ago. What can it do now?

But having access to the scores of data-sets on hundreds of millions of individual people in real-time is only half of the problem when a domestic or foreign government agency or company wants to ‘deal’ with an individual or a group of people in real *actionable* time. All the data that has been collected, and can be collected, must, in real actionable time (within seconds), be converted into a complete profile of the individual in question, including a psychological profile. Even with super computers that are operating at speeds reaching hundreds of petaflops, which can concurrently communicate with millions of computers at the same time, they cannot create and or update these highly complex composite interactive ‘profiles’ in an ‘actionable’ time-frame without a special algorithm (the software).

(*actionable time-frame means: In the amount of time someone (or a computer) takes to look at an individual photo, an entire composite interactive profile is created (or updated if it exists) and is available; everything about that person, their entire life, predispositions, deepest desires, fears, family (and extensive details there too), friends and everything about them as well, etc…).

Facebook (and numerous other social media websites) has been collecting dozens of data-sets on all of its users for many years now! And the amount and scope of data that Facebook alone collects on its users is shocking. And for Preppers, this presents the ultimate antithesis to OPSEC.

So what is all this data being used for? Well, you can bet that it’s not all necessarily being used in anyone’s best interests. For instance; where a ‘bad guy’ is seeking access to a secure server for nefarious purposes, one method of many methods is to crack the password protection. Of course when you have a supercomputer operating at hundreds of petaflops, and you also have an intensively deep insight (data sets) into the system administrator’s (mind) life and highly detailed personal profile, as developed in real-time through a well-designed piece of software, it takes the computer far less time to hack into the system.

Alternatively, the same nefarious entity might also know for instance; that your little daughter’s elementary school gets-out and that your wife is picking her up at 3:30 PM (data potentially collected from Facebook posts) and the local street traffic camera has already ‘marked’ the license plate of your wife’s mini-van in the area (computer has accessed that data in conjunction to the operation). At that point, the perpetrator’s operatives collect your wife and daughter, and then sends you a Skype message over your smart phone instructing you to provide the secure access code/password data to a targeted computer server, lest your wife and daughter disappear forever. All of which can happen in the space of 5 minutes, including the hack into a secured mission critical computer. Of course these examples are somewhat simplified for purposes of illustration.

Phone Sonar in Batman mimics technology that is really in use now.

Phone Sonar in Batman mimics technology that is really in use now.

In the Warner Bros. Pictures episode of the Batman series, ‘The Dark Knight’, Batman uses a powerful computer to hack into all of the cellphones in Gotham City simultaneously, and uses those phones as individual sensors at tens of thousands of discrete locations in his search for the Joker. Of course what may seem as an impressive feat in the Batman fiction, is actually nothing more than a trivial and miniscule exercise by comparison for the actual petaflop speed computers of today.

A computer like the one being discussed, equipped with the algorithm and supporting software could accomplish this on its own, and do so (with hundreds of variations of the blackmail) to a thousand people or more in the same space of time, once being programed to do so. And it could do so with great ease, while concurrently undertaking and performing millions of other complex operations.

I have touched on the ‘big picture’ and who is interested in collecting the data on individuals, and why that data is important enough to warrant such an effort.

And for Preppers, having an in-depth understanding of this threat is useful for spotting the earmarks of such a Cyber War which allows the timely implementation of your survival strategy.

But when you follow the money, there are also other billion-dollar motives for collecting and profiling your personal data. The private retail and wholesale consumer products industries are very interested in your ‘data’. Using the same type of supercomputers (they are now in existence) and the same algorithm (likely in use today) producing extremely detailed ‘interactive profiling data’ on millions of individual people, analysts can predict what commodities various categories of people will buy, and when they will buy those commodities. The money that can be made from this knowledge is in the realm of billions of dollars annually. Analysts with access to such computers (using these computers equipped with the software) can predict how individuals (down to a person) will react to various stimuli, including ‘news’ and ‘information’ that’s ‘tailored’ (may be psychologically engineered for the desired effect) and then pumped into the main artery of the social media distribution channels (Internet, TV, radio). So the entities who control these powerful computers can be one step ahead of the public in things like the stock-market (where they constantly win), or in the case of avoiding a potential disaster (leaving town ahead of computer-predicted mass social unrest)

The power of the combination of the available data and the algorithm are not trivial by any means, and can be abused in ways that are just now being understood by some.

Some scientists and psychologists are working down a parallel path to this paradigm, as you can read in this abstract from the National Academy of Sciences and Princeton University:

So, now that you know, what, if anything are you going to do about it?

If you are truly interesting in pursuing the potential evil that is disguised by shiny devices and colorful interactive graphical user interfaces (GUIs), you could start by reaching out to your local elected representatives, demanding that they pass laws that will prevent and prohibit social media websites from collecting and storing the personal private data (possibly unlawfully) on you, your family and friends, as well as millions of other Americans. If I were the President, I would immediately ask the House and Senate to pass a bill making it illegal for social media websites to collect the kind and scope of data that is currently being collected (it’s well beyond the concept of making the ‘user experience better’), and barring the collection of any personal data on our military personnel, law enforcement personnel, ‘systems administrators’ and analysts who work in the computer security sectors.

Of course Facebook and others will say that ‘Users’ have agreed to their terms of service and the collection of all your info. My response to such rhetoric is that the complexity of the legal boilerplate they use combined with the length of the ‘Agreement’ is fully beyond the scope of comprehension of even some attorneys, let alone the ‘Users’ themselves, who in most cases just assume it must be fine and click the ‘I agree’ button so they can hang-out online. It takes a competent lawyer to read and fully understand the ‘terms of service’ agreements for the social media websites, and few if any ‘Users’ have the time, legal knowledge, money or the inclination to have it read by a lawyer before they can begin using the application. On top of which, these companies keep adding more and more language to the ‘terms’ and they say that by continuing to use their website, you automatically agree to the additional terms, which enhance their legal power over the ‘Users’.

I would propose the first step in protecting the personal privacy of Americans as being:

ALL of these online user agreements need to be re-written into easy-to-understand layman’s language so that the ‘User’ actually stands a chance of understanding what it is that they are agreeing to (should be part of the aforementioned ‘bill’).  I have a feeling that many people wouldn’t ‘agree’ to use some sites if they actually understood the agreement in the first place.

As Americans, our elected officials should never allow us to be violated in this manner, and any government that tolerates citizens being treated in this manner needs to be replaced, a sentiment that I believe is shared by most Americans and the citizens of many other nations today.

Cheers! Capt. Bill

Capt. William E. Simpson II – USMM
Semper Veritas / Semper Paratus

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CaptainBillFrequent contributor, Capt. William E. Simpson II is a U.S. Merchant Marine Officer with decades of boating and expedition sailing experience, who has successfully survived long-term off the grid at remote uninhabited desert islands with his family using sailboats that he equipped for that purpose. Capt. Bill holds a U.S.C.G. 500-ton captain’s license for commercial inspected passenger vessels, including, power, sail and assistance towing vessels. He is also the author of many articles on sailing and the book ‘The Nautical Prepper’ (Ulysses Press) You can read more from the Nautical Prepper on Capt. Bill’s personal site at www.williamesimpson.com

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Facebook Spies on You For The Governmenthttp://www.theprepperjournal.com/2014/12/06/facebook-spies-government/ http://www.theprepperjournal.com/2014/12/06/facebook-spies-government/#comments Sat, 06 Dec 2014 11:00:54 +0000 http://www.theprepperjournal.com/?p=12223 Written by Pat Henry on The Prepper Journal.

Editors Note: This video is courtesy of InfoWars.com and discusses concerns with Facebook’s planned privacy policy update that is going into effect on Jan 1st. 2015. Yes, I am on Facebook and their are links to Facebook on this site for liking and sharing. For a very long time I resisted any connection with Facebook. […]

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Editors Note: This video is courtesy of InfoWars.com and discusses concerns with Facebook’s planned privacy policy update that is going into effect on Jan 1st. 2015. Yes, I am on Facebook and their are links to Facebook on this site for liking and sharing. For a very long time I resisted any connection with Facebook. Most of my friends and family are on Facebook but I do not have a ‘personal’ account. The only reason I opened a Facebook account was to share the Prepper Journal posts and hopefully reach a larger audience. The announcement from Facebook highlights additional ways that FB will be sharing  and collecting your personal data. This is not only the text or images that you post, but other information they are able to determine when you access FB via your smart phone or through the web page using your browser. I know some of you will say this is nothing new – and that is a problem. There are others that will say, if you have nothing to hide, what are you worried about?

I know this isn’t new and maybe I am just finally coming to the realization that it won’t ever change unless I take steps myself. Why would anyone ever allow a company to take all of our personal information and use it against us? It’s one thing to need internet access. Its another thing to access a system that is chock full of a whole bunch of uselessness. The sad fact is we all have allowed this even though we knew about the spying and even if I have some anonymity with my account, I know that I am still being tracked. You and I both have willingly fed this beast and I know that it isn’t just Facebook; our internet browsers, credit cards, cell phone companies and our Internet service providers all do their part at mining our data as well.

I think it is time to do something. My Facebook account is set up as Pat Henry and not personal (read more about Pat Henry here if you are interested). It may be time to consider whether I should stop using Facebook altogether. If you follow the Prepper Journal on Facebook, after Jan 1st there won’t be much in the way of contact with me as I won’t be logging in. I will still try to post articles automatically through the site, but I don’t know if that will be possible if I don’t accept their new privacy terms. You will always be able to read prepping articles on our blog, sign up for our newsletter but my social media days with Facebook may be numbered. Yes, I know there are other Social Media plugs that need to be pulled, but this is a start.

I have deleted my Facebook app on my phone and am considering deleting my Facebook account prior to January 1st. I am investigating a new service called Seen.is which is a company hosted in Iceland where freedom and privacy still has meaning apparently. I know that in the grand scheme of things, this might seem like a useless symbolic gesture, and you may be right. But if we aren’t willing to ever take a stand, even symbolically, what won’t we put up with?


Infowars reporter Joe Biggs uncovers the new Facebook policy that will be introduced on January 1, 2015 that will allow third parties like the CIA, FBI, NSA etc. to collect information from your computer, phones and other devices where you can use Facebook.

 

For instructions on how to delete your Facebook account, you can go to the Facebook help page here.

https://www.facebook.com/help/224562897555674

 

Additional Research

GOOGLE’S DEEP CIA AND NSA CONNECTIONS

Facebook CEO Admits To Calling Users ‘Dumb Fucks’

NSA PRETENDS TO BE FACEBOOK TO SPY ON THE WORLD

FACEBOOK EMOTIONAL EXPERIMENT LINKED TO PENTAGON RESEARCH ON CIVIL UNREST

FACEBOOK BANS GUN OWNERS, ALLOWS KITTEN TORTURE VIDEO

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Personal Hygiene First Aidhttp://www.theprepperjournal.com/2014/12/05/personal-hygiene-first-aid/ http://www.theprepperjournal.com/2014/12/05/personal-hygiene-first-aid/#comments Fri, 05 Dec 2014 21:08:39 +0000 http://www.theprepperjournal.com/?p=12190 Written by Guest Contributor on The Prepper Journal.

Editors Note: The following guest article has been generously contributed by Edna Thomson. In cases of emergency and situations, in which the only thing you can think of is survival, personal hygiene first aid is something you need to have previously prepared. To stay clean and keep your hygiene on the necessary level, here are […]

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Editors Note: The following guest article has been generously contributed by Edna Thomson.

In cases of emergency and situations, in which the only thing you can think of is survival, personal hygiene first aid is something you need to have previously prepared. To stay clean and keep your hygiene on the necessary level, here are some useful advices, you can apply to make your survival easier and less painful. The most important ingredient you need to have is water. How to be prepared to stay alive and have the necessary water for drinking, washing and cleaning is a problem, which isn’t easily resolved. If you have the necessary materials to keep your body clean, you can use water only for drinking and save it as much as possible for staying alive.

If you have some essential tools, packed with you, your survival in hurricanes, disasters and emergency situations won’t be that hard. Keeping a fire starting kit, some napkins, soap, wet wipes, towels and enough quantity of water for drinking, is very important. If you have access to some water resource, no matter if the water may be salty or inappropriate for drinking, with some matches and distillation (video below) you can boil it and make it usable for hygiene and drinking. Water from oceans and seas, which is salty and polluted can’t be only boiled, disinfected and used for drinking unless you remove the salt first by distillation.

You can store your water for drinking in plastic bottles, but each year they need to be refilled with fresh water. One gallon for each person a day is the necessary quantity for survival, according to some research. In this quantity is included the water you will use for drinking, cleaning, washing and etc. The sterilized water can also be used, as it has five years shelf live. You can also sterilize your water using some purification tablets and other sources for water disinfection.

Keeping a roll of gauze, wet wipes, clean cloths is also important. These items will help you keep your hygiene on a considerably good level. Keep with you a few packs of aspirin, pills used for painkillers and various purposes, antibiotics for emergency situations, toilet rolls, medical tape. All these pills and items are important for your survival and personal hygiene first aid. A sharp pocket knife or other cutting knife and scissors are also important tools, you will definitely need at some point of your survival.

Baking soda can be used for many purposes and is a useful product  you should keep. If you don’t have shampoos and soap, in emergencies, baking soda can be used as a substitute for disinfecting your scalp, some wounds and infections. If you keep enough rubbing alcohol you can use it for cleaning wounds, skin infections, irritations and different other purposes. It is also an essential part of your personal hygiene first aid.

If you don’t have enough water to take a shower and clean your body, you can search for some natural brooklet or any natural source of water, even the sea or ocean. The water needs to be boiled to kill all microbes and bacteria it has, if you want to use it for drinking. This can be done through the use of matches and some wood. If you don’t have enough water for washing and cleaning, you can use your wet wipes to disinfect your body. All infections and bites from insects and animals on your skin, can be stopped with a clean cloth dipped in rubbing alcohol. If you don’t have such clean the wounds with soap and water.

To survive in emergency situations like floods, earthquake, hurricane and others, you need to have a prepared first aid kit. Toilet paper, wet wipes, pills, soap and bottles with water are essential for survival. Keeping your personal hygiene on the necessary level, which includes washing your hands, taking a shower, dental hygiene and wound disinfection and care, is very important. Cleaning your hands before and after preparing of the food, before eating, after going to the toilet, after touching rubbish, before disinfecting wounds and in other such occasions is of utter importance. If you don’t take care of the your personal hygiene, you risk getting infected with some disease or illness and make your  survival tougher.

Bathing and cleaning  of your hands should be done only with clean water. If you don’t have purified water or access to some natural source of water, you may inflict more damage on yourself, washing and bathing with contaminated water. You can take care of wounds and infections, cleaning them with soap and water or rubbing alcohol if you have such. After irrigating the wound, it should be covered with a clean cloth to be kept protected from further contamination. Washing your hands with running water and soap is the best way to disinfect them and keep them protected from bacteria. If you don’t have soap and running water, wet wipes can be used instead. Washing your hands is very important, because all microbes and bacteria are spread with hands, especially when eating.

About the Author: Edna Thomson is manager and owner of After The Builders South East London. She founded the company three years ago, when she moved to London to pursue one of her dreams.

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The Moderate Minds of the Prepper Movementhttp://www.theprepperjournal.com/2014/12/04/moderate-minds-prepper-movement/ http://www.theprepperjournal.com/2014/12/04/moderate-minds-prepper-movement/#comments Thu, 04 Dec 2014 11:00:24 +0000 http://www.theprepperjournal.com/?p=12208 Written by Antony Funnell on The Prepper Journal.

This article was originally published by Antony Funnell on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Radio National Network and gives some perspective and attention on prepping from our friends Down Under. Antony interviews Tom Martin who runs American Preppers Network.   The ‘Prepper’ movement has become synonymous with apocalyptic fear-mongering and gun-toting paranoia, but as Antony Funnell discovers, there’s much […]

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This article was originally published by Antony Funnell on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Radio National Network and gives some perspective and attention on prepping from our friends Down Under. Antony interviews Tom Martin who runs American Preppers Network.


 

The ‘Prepper’ movement has become synonymous with apocalyptic fear-mongering and gun-toting paranoia, but as Antony Funnell discovers, there’s much more to the movement than camouflage clothing and underground bunkers. 

Every scout knows the value of being prepared, but a growing subculture of so-called Preppers are taking preparedness to another level. At the extreme, members of the movement are stockpiling armaments, food and clothing, whilst awaiting an inevitable Armageddon: be it religious, economic, social, or ‘all of the above’.

While they’re often the most visible members of the subculture, they’re not the whole story.

I think with modern technology and social media, just being able to see how often disasters happen makes people realise that it really can happen to them too.

Tom Martin, The American Prepper Network

Truck driver Tom Martin believes that most Americans have no idea how tenuous their existence really is.

‘I’ve spent the last 15 years in the transportation industry and I know that our supply chains are very vulnerable,’ he says during a rest-over in Ohio. ‘The grocery stores only have about three days’ supply on the shelves. So if something was to disrupt that supply chain you can imagine how quickly the stores would empty.’

Growing up on a farm, Martin learned the value of resilience and preparedness early in life; values he says have been forgotten by many in our modern consumerist world.

Martin calls himself a Prepper, someone who makes being ready for possible adversity a way of life. He’s also the founder of one of the most successful mainstream preparedness websites – The American Prepper Network, which boasts around 50,000 subscribers and 130,000 Facebook fans. The website is an online repository of information about survival procedures and practices. Their motto is ‘Freedom through teaching others self-reliance’, and Martin runs the site in his spare time.

‘We use a lot of social media to communicate with other people. And we also have a map where people can find groups close to them that they can connect with and meet those people in person and discuss ways that they can be better prepared in their communities. I think with modern technology and social media, just being able to see how often disasters happen makes people realise that it really can happen to them too.’

Martin estimates there are millions of Preppers in America, crossing socio-economic and political lines. Some are extremist, end-of-days junkies consumed by fear; the sorts profiled on the National Geographic reality television show Doomsday Preppers. However, he believes that the vast majority of Preppers are ordinary people concerned about financial or environmental instability—and sometimes both.

The majority come from parts of the United States that have been hardest hit by recent natural disasters—cities like New Orleans and New York, both of which were pummeled by hurricanes. Or they come from the towns and cities along ‘Tornado Alley’ in the US Midwest.

‘What we are doing is nothing new; it’s what people have always done. I think what is new is the dependency that people have on the system to think that someone else is always going to take care of them. You know—if there’s a disaster the government is going to be there the next day to take care of you. But that’s really not true.’

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The Preparedness Review – Winter 2014 – Released!http://www.theprepperjournal.com/2014/12/03/preparedness-review-winter-2014-released/ http://www.theprepperjournal.com/2014/12/03/preparedness-review-winter-2014-released/#comments Wed, 03 Dec 2014 20:41:42 +0000 http://www.theprepperjournal.com/?p=12196 Written by Pat Henry on The Prepper Journal.

The 5th Edition of The Preparedness Review (Winter 2014) has been released!  TPR5 contains 18 articles, 67 pages of great preparedness content!!!  The file size is a little over 2.4mb. The Preparedness Review is a quarterly magazine filled with great articles from prepper bloggers from all spheres of influence and schools of thought. TPR is […]

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The 5th Edition of The Preparedness Review (Winter 2014) has been released!  TPR5 contains 18 articles, 67 pages of great preparedness content!!!  The file size is a little over 2.4mb. The Preparedness Review is a quarterly magazine filled with great articles from prepper bloggers from all spheres of influence and schools of thought. TPR is run by Todd Sepulveda who also runs the excellent PrepperWebsite.com which features dozens of the best prepper articles every week.

Here are the articles you can download in PDF format for free:

  • How to Make a Live Capture Box Trap and Trigger System Box – Creek Stewart
  • How to Cook on a Wood Stove – Melissa K. Norris
  • Emergency Sanitation Basics: Sewage – Dr. Joe Alton, MD
  • Situational Awareness: Your Surroundings & Yourself – Chris Ray
  • Budget Food Storage (Printable) – Linda Loosli
  • Primitive Prognostication: Weather – Jason
  • Natural Yeast Starter Flakes – Melissa Richardson
  • How to Use Pool Shock to Purify Water – Gaye Levy
  • DIY – Wall-Hanging Canned Food Storage – Alex
  • The One Simple Secret to Surviving Any Crisis – Daisy Luther
  • Off Grid Cooking Options – Tessa Zundel
  • Thinking About Your Neighborhood from a Tactical Perspective – Patrick Henry (yours truly)
  • How to Get the Most from Your Tomato Harvest – Angi Schneider
  • You Can’t Survive TEOTWAWKI without First Surviving… – Kristina Frost
  • Colds, Sore Throats & Common Infections – Dr. Ryan Chamberlin
  • 30 Pandemic Essentials – Linda Loosli
  • A Critical Firearm Accessory – Joe Nobody
  • Creating Myth when the SHTF – Todd Sepulveda

The PDF is interactive in that all the links are clickable. So get your free copy today!

To Download TPR5:

For Computers/Laptops – Click Here

For Tablets/Phones – Click Here

 

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Makeshift Grill Ideas: Cooking When the Grid Goes Downhttp://www.theprepperjournal.com/2014/12/03/makeshift-grill-ideas-cooking-grid-goes/ http://www.theprepperjournal.com/2014/12/03/makeshift-grill-ideas-cooking-grid-goes/#comments Wed, 03 Dec 2014 15:56:51 +0000 http://www.theprepperjournal.com/?p=12169 Written by Pat Henry on The Prepper Journal.

In my quest to think of creative (hopefully) ideas for articles on the Prepper Journal, I try to pull inspiration from a lot of places. Certainly my own efforts at prepping give me experiences that I can use to share information but I also read books, magazines, watch movies and TV shows and anytime I […]

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In my quest to think of creative (hopefully) ideas for articles on the Prepper Journal, I try to pull inspiration from a lot of places. Certainly my own efforts at prepping give me experiences that I can use to share information but I also read books, magazines, watch movies and TV shows and anytime I see something that I think would make an interesting or useful post idea, I write it down. There is a note page on my phone specifically geared toward post ideas I have had over the last almost two years now, and as I write on a topic I erase that from the list of ideas. Fortunately for me, the list is never empty but sometimes I will have a great idea, but not the words for an article. This post is a little different because it won’t be overly wordy but will hopefully share some ideas with you on makeshift grills that you can use to cook food if the grid goes down.

I was inspired to write this post while watching my favorite TV show, the Walking Dead. My wife and I only watch one TV show and this one, while I know it doesn’t appeal to everyone, is great in my opinion. It isn’t that I believe that flesh eating zombies are in our future, but the writing is creative and the scenarios the characters face are exactly the same (minus the walking dead) as any apocalyptic vision you can imagine. Take out the zombies and imagine a world after an economic collapse or pandemic and you would have similar problems as the characters in this show I think. Regardless, I like the show and frequently get ideas from it. They have also been showing more actions the characters take this year as the characters go about surviving as best they can without many modern conveniences.

I got the idea to write about makeshift grills from a recent episode. All cooking that happens in the Walking Dead is usually done over an open flame. If we have TEOTWAWKI we will all need to be more resourceful. Even if the whole world isn’t thrown for a SHTF loop, natural disasters like the 2011 Fukushima Tsunami victims pictured above demonstrate the need to improvise from time to time. Below are a series of photographs that I found illustrating several creative methods for cooking without the benefit of a stove top range or what we all might be faced with at some point and find ourselves cooking when the grid goes down.

One of my favorite ways to see a shopping cart used.

One of my favorite ways to see a shopping cart used.

A lot of these images share common traits and those are a source of heat which is usually wood or charcoal, a fire containment device to hold the combustibles and a grilling surface. You can see the resourceful use of the shopping cart in this case.

 

Simple bricks perform double duty as fire containment and rest for the pan.

Simple bricks perform double duty as fire containment and rest for the pan.

If you have a cooking pan like a cast iron grill, you can forgo the shopping cart and simply use bricks to rest your pan on.

Surplus shelving also works in a pinch.

Surplus shelving also works in a pinch.

There are lots of options for a grilling surface and you can see what looks like a simple cookie sheet in this photo that is suspended over stainless steel shelving. Another resourceful use of materials and you can see the grill has been placed on sticks. Yet another great use for that survival knife. The cooler of beer is a welcome plus too if you have it and makes those beer brats taste even better.

Who needs bricks when you have rocks?

Who needs bricks when you have rocks?

Need to grill that fresh fish you caught but you don’t have a frying pan or bricks? No worries! This man has grabbed what looks like a grill screen and placed it over some rocks that are surrounding his fire. The spatula is a plus but a knife or even a good stick works in a pinch.

Convert that firepit to Grill master.

Convert that seldom used fire-pit to Grill master.

Many of us have one of those fire pits that we purchase with the idea of sitting on the back porch with a fire blazing away as we all gather around with marshmallows or our favorite adult beverage. Yes, I have one but I can probably count on one hand the number of times we have actually used this in the last two years. At any rate, if I needed to, this makes a great grilling surface as well. You can use charcoal or I would probably use wood, throw that oven grate over the top and start cooking your hot dogs. Adult beverages optional.

Don't have a grill? Use aluminum baking pans instead.

Don’t have a grill? Use aluminum baking pans instead.

You can also use those disposable aluminum baking pans to keep your charcoals in. I don’t know how many uses you could get out of this method and you would want to ensure the bottom is well insulated (nice use of cinder blocks here) but the concept is the same.

50 gallon drum slow cooker.

50 gallon drum slow cooker.

This person probably had a little more time to set up their grill, but with the right equipment (cutting torch or a lot of time with a hacksaw) you could convert those old 50 gallon barrels you have lying around your yard into a perfect grill. Grab some of that unused fencing from the garden and you are all set to cook up those steaks that will go bad now that the power is out.

Forget a grill, we have a wheel-barrel.

Forget a grill, we have a wheel-barrel.

This guy looks like he knows how to party! And he is creative too. Now if you don’t like where your grill is positioned (like maybe too close to the dog house), you can simply move it. What a great use of his wheel-barrel to contain the fire and hold the grill surface too. Bonus is that he can roll the ashes over to the garden when he is finished!

Creative support options.

Creative support options.

This guy isn’t going to let one missing leg get in the way of his having some good eating and when he is done, the coffee water will be ready for a nice hot cup! Notice the metal sheeting used to place the coals or wood on as opposed to having them directly on the ground. I believe he is soaking the ground with water first.

So, do you have any creative makeshift grill ideas that you have used before?

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How to Prevent, Identify and Treat Frostbitehttp://www.theprepperjournal.com/2014/12/02/prevent-identify-treat-frostbite/ http://www.theprepperjournal.com/2014/12/02/prevent-identify-treat-frostbite/#comments Tue, 02 Dec 2014 20:58:34 +0000 http://www.theprepperjournal.com/?p=12158 Written by Pat Henry on The Prepper Journal.

Jack Frost nipping at your nose? Well, it’s that time of year to worry about getting nipped too hard by our cold natured friend. The colder weather makes me think of issues that I have to watch out for and one of them is frostbite. Frostbite can affect anyone and you don’t have to hike […]

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Jack Frost nipping at your nose? Well, it’s that time of year to worry about getting nipped too hard by our cold natured friend. The colder weather makes me think of issues that I have to watch out for and one of them is frostbite. Frostbite can affect anyone and you don’t have to hike all the way up Mount Everest to feel its effects. As we think of prepping, one aspect we prepare for is bugging out or being without shelter due to societal collapse, natural weather event or some other calamity that causes major upheaval. With winter temperatures dropping, being outside could quickly cause cold injuries. Knowing how to prevent frostbite could be a valuable prepping skill you need to know if faced with that prospect.

The easiest thing to do is stay warm and dry and regulate your body temperature. Make sure you have proper cold weather equipment and you are able to reduce your exposure to the cold. That might prove impossible in some situations. Gloves are often overlooked when we think of prepper supplies but even with gloves, most are not designed to keep your fingers protected against every harsh environment. If wet, even the most expensive gloves will be no better at keeping your hands warm than a wet bag.

What are the symptoms of Frostbite?

Frostbite is an injury caused by the freezing of your skin and the underlying fluids and tissues. Frostbite is most common on the extremities or any typically unexposed areas of skin. Fingers, toes, nose, ears, cheeks or your chin are where you are most likely to get frostbite because when you are cold, the blood in your body retreats towards the core to keep the vital organs functioning and warm. Severe frostbite requires medical attention because it can literally destroy skin, tissues, even muscle and bones.

How to tell if you have frostbite

Severe Frostbite destroys tissue.

Nasty, huh? Severe Frostbite destroys tissue and that means it doesn’t always grow back.

The symptoms of frostbite include the following:

  • Initially cold skin and a prickling or tingling feeling. This can be felt in early, less severe forms and most of us have been so cold that we felt numb before.
  • Numbness
  • Discolored skin. It could be red, white, even blue or grey.
  • Hard or waxy looking skin
  • You could experience clumsiness or disorientation due to muscle and joint stiffness.
  • Blistering after your skin rewarms. This is a serious sign of frostbite.

Frostbite generally occurs in several stages and takes time depending on the temperature and your exposure to the cold.

Frostnip – Frostnip is the first stage of frostbite and is what most of us who have lived for any amount of time and been outdoors have experienced. With frostnip, you skin turns red and feels obviously very cold. Your skin could also become paler as in your fingertips which will lead to prickly feelings and numbness. When you begin to warm up you may feel pain but this passes and frostnip does not cause any permanent damage and is usually remedied with some warmer temperature and a nice mug of cocoa.

Superficial Frostbite – The second stage of frostbite is red skin that turns white or pale. As this happens, ice crystals may start to form in the tissue. There is no way you will know that this is happening of course and your skin may actually start to feel warm. If you get out of the cold at this point you may notice that your skin appears blue, purple or splotchy and will start to sting, burn and swell. Blisters may appear 24 to 36 hours later.

Severe Frostbite – The longer you are exposed to the cold, the effects of frostbite damage all layers of the skin including the tissues underneath. Numbness, loss of sensation including any pain or discomfort is a sign that your tissues have died essentially. Your joints or muscles may stop working and you will have large blisters form after you have warmed back up. This is the point that skin turns black, hard and you will start losing things that you used to have. This is not good and it’s very important to recognize the signs of frostbite early to prevent this from ever happening. You do not want to deal with any injuries during a grid down or bug out scenario, but frostbite could lead to worse problems. If you have signs of superficial or severe frostbite you should seek medical attention immediately.

Who is more at risk for developing frostbite?

There are some factors that will increase your risk for frostbite:

  • Medical conditions that affect your ability to feel or respond to cold. Diabetic Neuropathy is one that comes to mind so if you have people in your Prepping group who have diabetes, this is something to watch out for.
  • Dehydration – another reason to ensure you have plenty of water even when it’s cold outside and you don’t think you are losing any from sweat.
  • Alcohol or drug use – You do not want to be too stoned to know you are losing your fingers.
  • Previous frostbite or cold injuries. Once you have been frostbitten, you are more susceptible to the effect of cold again.
  • Infants and Seniors are less able to keep themselves warm.
  • High altitudes reduce the oxygen supply and increases the risk of frostbite.
Warm your hands by sticking them in your armpits.

Warm your hands by sticking them in your armpits.

How to treat frostbite?

Frostnip doesn’t require any treatment and usually just getting warm and dry will reduce any effects from the cold. The longer your exposure, the more risk you have of damage and complications from frostbite. Here are some ways to treat frostbite:

If you can seek shelter

  • Get out of the cold- yes, the simplest things are the best usually. Once you are inside someplace warm, remove wet clothing and dry exposed areas.
  • Gently rewarm areas that are in pain. You can soak hands and feet in warm (not hot) water. Water temperature between 98 and 108 is perfectly fine to restore warmth to your skin. The water temperature should only feel warm and you should have someone who hasn’t been affected test the temperature or you can stick an unexposed body part like an elbow in the water to test if you do not have a thermometer.

If you can’t get to shelter

  • You can warm your hands by sticking them in your armpits as close to the body as possible. We were taught to do this in the Army with our battle buddy and thankfully I never had to put that in place. If we were experiencing frostbite we were supposed to stick our hands in our buddy’s armpits or our feet on their belly. Can you imagine how much fun that would be?
  • If there is any chance you will be freezing again, don’t thaw out! This can exacerbate the condition.
  • Take pain medication like Advil, Motrin IB which should be in your first aid kit.
  • Don’t walk on your feet if they are frostbitten. You can cause more injury by breaking off broken dead pieces of your skin.

 

Medical Treatment of Frostbite

Assuming you are at a point that you can begin healing, begin with rewarming the skin. As this happens, the skin may turn soft and look reddish or purple. Slowly move the affected areas as you can begin to feel them again. Wrap the tissue loosely with sterile bandaging and elevate any areas to reduce swelling.

Severe cases of frostbite will destroy skin so amputations may be necessary. Again, this is not an injury you ever want to have but in a grid-down environment, make sure you do your best to avoid this.

 

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Ebola Fear Scares Many into Buying Water Filtershttp://www.theprepperjournal.com/2014/12/01/ebola-fear-scares-many-buying-water-filters/ http://www.theprepperjournal.com/2014/12/01/ebola-fear-scares-many-buying-water-filters/#comments Mon, 01 Dec 2014 16:15:05 +0000 http://www.theprepperjournal.com/?p=12136 Written by Guest Contributor on The Prepper Journal.

Test your Water to Know What’s Really in It Historically, people have occasionally been wide off the mark concerning water cleanliness and safety. Who can forget the iconic “Whites Only” drinking fountains of the last century designed to prevent disease-spreading between races? In the photo below from the Library of Congress archives, a young man is […]

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Test your Water to Know What’s Really in It

Historically, people have occasionally been wide off the mark concerning water cleanliness and safety. Who can forget the iconic “Whites Only” drinking fountains of the last century designed to prevent disease-spreading between races?

In the photo below from the Library of Congress archives, a young man is drinking water from a “colored” dispenser at an Oklahoma City streetcar terminal in 1939. Even with paper cups at hand, folks feared they would become ill if using the same water cooler. Many Caucasians actually believed they could catch a multitude of infectious diseases from non-whites while using public restrooms, restaurants, drinking fountains and even transportation waiting areas from only the slightest human contact. This irrational and outright shameful discrimination was aimed not only at Blacks, but also Asians, Native Americans and Hispanics and continued openly until the Civil Rights Act passed in 1964.colored water OK City

Meanwhile, U.S. municipalities and factories nearly killed the Great Lakes and other major waterways with industrial waste, mercury, lead, phosphates and raw sewage. In 1969, the Cayuga River actually caught fire in Cleveland it was so full of flammable chemicals.

“There was a time, not so long ago, when pollution was accepted by many as the price one paid for living in an industrialized society. By the 1960s, our rivers had become so polluted by municipal and industrial wastes that fish could not survive in them and humans could not swim in them; millions of yards of garbage and millions of gallons of oil were routinely being dumped at sea; visibility in our major cities was obscured by smoke from factories and exhaust from automobiles; and industrial wastes, buried in drums and dumped in landfills, was contaminating soil and groundwater.” Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Prosecution of Environmental Pollution Crimes.

This legal dumping went practically unchecked until the 1970s, and continues illegally and accidentally today, as evidenced by news stories of toxic waste spills, too numerous even to list here. Basically, pick a state and you can find a recent, horrific poisonous spill story to accompany it. Yet many trust their water supplies to be safe.

Cuyahoga River Fire of 1969.

Cuyahoga River Fire of 1969.

Today, fear of contracting Ebola, or Fearbola, has many panicking and rushing to purchase costly home water filter systems without knowing the contaminants in their water. Filtered water is, sadly, a wise choice for most of us today, but not because of Ebola. If we can believe the Center for Disease Control reports, the likelihood of contracting Ebola through water sources is nil. According to the CDC, Ebola is not spread through the air, by water, or in general, by food. Even before the first Ebola cases were reported in North America, however, some water filter dealers began marketing their products as Ebola filters, preying on illogical fears. (For actual exposure to the virus, however, bleach can be used to kill Ebola. To clean up any spills or body fluids, a higher concentration of bleach should be used.)

Water testing fact sheet.

Water testing fact sheet.

Still, numerous other pollutants are prevalent in our water. These include nitrates, nitrites, pesticides and other agricultural chemicals, parasites, bacteria, lead, mercury and radon, to name a few of the potentially hazardous contaminants lurking silently in private and public water supplies. Simple, at-home water-test kits are available at local department stores. The Environmental Protection Agency compiled this handy chart to list common contaminants.

In short, filter your water to protect your health, but be aware of the actual contaminants.

About the author: Lady Wa Wa is freelance writer and former community newspaper editor with a passion for ecology. She writes for several online sites including HighwaterFilters.com.

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Selecting the Right Holster for the Jobhttp://www.theprepperjournal.com/2014/11/29/selecting-right-holster-job/ http://www.theprepperjournal.com/2014/11/29/selecting-right-holster-job/#comments Sat, 29 Nov 2014 19:15:50 +0000 http://www.theprepperjournal.com/?p=12122 Written by Pat Henry on The Prepper Journal.

This post might get some push-back from my military service friends but I welcome the comments. I have been meaning to write about various holster options for a while and what I believe based upon my experiences with holsters I own and my perceptions of various factors in a grid down situation. I decided to […]

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This post might get some push-back from my military service friends but I welcome the comments. I have been meaning to write about various holster options for a while and what I believe based upon my experiences with holsters I own and my perceptions of various factors in a grid down situation. I decided to pull out three holsters I own and give my ideas behind their strengths and weaknesses as well as where I see them most likely being used in a grid down situation. This might help you select the right holster for your prepping needs.

A Tale of 3 Holsters

My first holster is the Raven Phantom Modular Holster. This is my concealed holster during the fall and winter months. When it is cooler outside I can easily and consistently cover up with a light jacket to reduce printing. My current weapons are either a Glock 17 or Glock 22 which also works out great because both weapons fit this same holster.

Phantom Modular Holster by Raven Concealment

Phantom Modular Holster by Raven Concealment

The Phantom Modular fits nice and snug against my back and feels great when I am walking or moving around. Sitting in the car is another story and that is another reason why I am looking to downsize my concealed carry to a Glock 30S. The belt in the photo is the 5.11 tactical TDU Belt 1.75” wide and it holds the weapon and holster perfectly fine. The Knife is my Kershaw Leek. There are usually some other EDC items hanging off the other side of my belt also. The 5.11 belt has no metal parts so it is airport naked body scanner friendly. I always opt-out so I have to remove my belt anyway.

The Phantom Modular costs $85 and is great both when nothing is wrong as in the S hasn’t hit the fan yet and you want a great concealment holster. It is also perfect if you are trying to carry concealed when the grid goes down. At the start of any societal unrest I believe it will be better to keep a low profile so walking out the front door looking too militaristic could be bad.

I like this holster because it is dirt simple and tough. You can’t hurt it unless you run over it with a truck. Magazine storage has to come in the form of other options not included, but for simply holding your weapon securely and allowing for a nice smooth draw, the Phantom is great.


 

The second holster is a drop-leg holster and I purchased this so long ago I can’t even remember the company that I bought it from, but there are millions like this and you can find them for around $30. I found one that is very similar on Combat Sport Supply.

Simple and cheap drop-leg holster.

Simple and cheap drop-leg holster.

This drop leg platform was what I thought would be perfect and I am sure that is in no small part due to TV and the movies. Drop leg holsters seem so practical and it makes you look like a modern-day gunslinger, right? This holster has a velcro strap that adjusts to practically any weapon and covers a snap closure. The idea is that you would flip the vecro strap off, unsnap the snap closure and draw your weapon. This might be cheap, but the platform and this holster has some drawbacks.

The first is inherent with any drop leg holster and that is the weight distribution. With the weight of the weapon that low on your leg, running feels odd. You are dragging this gun and a magazine with your leg and it makes you feel off-balance. Also, the drop leg renders your cargo pockets almost unusable. This holster has capacity for one extra magazine and is what I wear into the woods (deep into the woods). I thought that this would make a great holster, but it sounds better than it actually feels in reality. Additionally, the straps seem to ride down and always require adjustment.

One feature that is nice is the holster detachment clip so you can remove the holster without taking your belt off. You can’t do that with the Raven.

My plan for this holster? I will continue to use it when I go hiking as long as I am really in the woods. I wouldn’t take this on a day hike to the state park. If something does happen, most likely one of my kids would get this holster as it is better than nothing, but I wouldn’t buy one like this for your ultimate grid-down holster.


 

The third holster and my favorite is the Rogers Tactical Holster. This is also a drop leg platform, but it has some serious advantages over the cheaper nylon version above. Of course, those advantages come with a price.

Rogers Tactical Holster - My favorite holster.

Rogers Tactical Holster – My favorite holster.

The Rogers Tactical Holster will set you back over $100. It is built using Safariland parts and is used by police forces, military and competition shooters everywhere. The holster features a paddle that you slide inside your waistband. It removes very easily so you can wear the holster with or without a belt and you can remove it without taking off your belt. The ride is higher than a traditional thigh rig so the weight isn’t down as low on your leg. This feels much more natural. It is just low enough so that it doesn’t interfere with body armor.

You also have two magazine pouches that are friction retainers that keep the magazines in without latches or clips. This could save seconds when you really need it. The weapon fit at least for both of my Glocks is flawless and they both slide easily into place. The Rogers tactical holster has an ALS (Automatic Locking System) that keeps the weapon secure. You deactivate this by gently pressing your thumb down and pulling the weapon up. This feature is nice as the thumb release is perfectly positioned where my thumb naturally goes. Removing the weapon is a quick and easy affair and it feels so good, I have to admit that I practice drawing just to hear the perfect movement of the weapon sliding from the holster. You can tell that some serious engineering went into this piece of equipment.

The Rogers Tactical only has one thigh strap instead of two which I think reduces the ride up factor I mentioned above. Overall this feels and works great!

So when would I wear this holster? This is the ‘all hell has broken loose’ holster when you are carrying every single day and aren’t afraid to show it. Just like the drop leg above you can’t wear this if you are trying to be discrete unless you are on the firing range, but when SHTF, this is what I plan on rocking.

Your turn. What is your favorite holster and why?

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Bug Out Bag for Dogs: Make sure your dog is preparedhttp://www.theprepperjournal.com/2014/11/28/bug-out-bag-for-dogs/ http://www.theprepperjournal.com/2014/11/28/bug-out-bag-for-dogs/#comments Fri, 28 Nov 2014 19:51:27 +0000 http://www.theprepperjournal.com/?p=12105 Written by Pat Henry on The Prepper Journal.

Bugging out to the hills is a plan during a SHTF event for a lot of preppers and we spend hours planning out what items to pack in our bug out bags. In the arc of prepping; after procuring food and water, it seems the natural focus of many preppers is the bug out bag. […]

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Bugging out to the hills is a plan during a SHTF event for a lot of preppers and we spend hours planning out what items to pack in our bug out bags. In the arc of prepping; after procuring food and water, it seems the natural focus of many preppers is the bug out bag. I think this is because the idea of having a bag filled with supplies that you can throw on your back and run out the door makes sense for most people. You can envision the last natural disaster you watched unfold on TV and picture yourself loading your family into the minivan and hitting the highway or trails ahead of the horde of desperate people who waited too long. Having the bug out bags your family needs ready to go could save hours of precious time in a crisis.

But what about the family dog? Do you have a bug out bag for your dog? Haven’t considered that? Most dogs are perfectly capable of carrying most if not all of their own supplies in packs on their backs. These bug out bag for dogs will allow Fido to carry their own water and food and other necessary items freeing your pack up for more personal gear. With a bug out bag for your dog, you can ensure your dog will be just as set as you and the rest of your family are in a crisis. But how would you go about building a dog bug out bag?

Dog Bug Out Bag Selection

There are many options for your dog’s bug out bag but they almost all revolve around the saddlebag concept. Saddlebag packs for dogs usually have two or more large pockets on the sides. The pockets (saddlebags) will have zippers or fasteners and can even be waterproof. They are attached together with

We use the Mountainsmith Dog pack for hiking, night walks and bugging out.

We use the Mountainsmith Dog pack for hiking, night walks and bugging out.

fabric that sits on the dogs back above their front shoulders and the packs vary in length. The larger the saddle bags, the more stuff you can fit in there.

Most saddlebags have a leash attachment and a front strap that goes across the chest and straps that connect under your dog’s abdomen. A properly fitting bag for your dog should be comfortable but may take some getting used to so before you plan on bugging out into the woods I would practice with long walks on the weekends.

I purchased the Mountainsmith Dog Pack after trying another model at my local pet store. The Mountainsmith has deep pockets, reflector strips and has a soft fleece lining that my dog seems to like. It has plenty of adjustments so that I am able to fit my dog’s frame perfectly as she continues to grow. I like the reflectors because I plan to use this when we are backpacking and I have also used this on our nightly walks so that cars can see her. I had another saddlebag that was cheaper, but didn’t fit as well. You should be able to get a really nice pack for your dog for less than $50.

I have also heard great things about the Outward Hound Backpack but haven’t tried that myself. Or, my dog hasn’t tried that. It does get good reviews though, but not as high as the Mountainsmith. Whichever saddlebag you go with, make sure it is sized appropriate to your dog’s measurements. If this doesn’t fit properly it could end up hurting your dog and they won’t want to wear something that hurts.

What to pack in your dog bug out bag?

So you have a dog bug out bag. Now, what do you pack in it? That is pretty simple because dogs are pretty simple. Let’s take the basic prepping items anyone would need, food, water, shelter and security. We will assume that your dog will be providing security for you so we will leave that off the list. You can easily carry 3 days’ worth of food in your bug out bag for your dog, maybe even more. One thing I have found is that you need to keep the saddlebags evenly weighted or else it will cause the pack to shift.

A simple collapsible bowl takes up hardly any room.

A simple collapsible bowl takes up hardly any room.

I have shoved all her food in a single bag, but that makes distributing weight harder, so I have found it is better to separate food into individual bags for each meal. Yes, that seems anal retentive, but it will allow you to distribute what is left more evenly which will feel better on your dog’s back.

The same thing goes with water. If I am out walking my dog at night and I only have the pack on for exercise and the reflective qualities, I will just add a single 32 oz. water bottle to each saddlebag. This way she gets the benefit of weight but I don’t plan on emptying the water which would mess with the weight distribution again.

In a bug out scenario, I would load several water bottles to each pocket. If we stop and she drinks a whole bottle of water, I can throw a couple of food bags from the other pocket into the side that is now missing a water and everything will still balance. I also have a collapsible bowl for water and food. You can give them water out of your hands in a pinch, but having a travel collapsible food bowl is just so much easier. Models like this fold down and weight almost nothing.

Another item that could be good depending on where you are traveling is dog boots. These will protect your dog’s feet but require getting used to. You don’t want to break these out on your dog in a moment of crisis and expect them to shoe up and run out the door. You also don’t want your dog’s feet to be injured and then expect to put these on.

Speaking of injuries you could add a first aid kit for your dog to their bug out bag. A kit like the Alcott Explorer has basic items you could use if Fido gets a small injury like a cut or sting. Better to have them use their own first aid than your family kit. Don’t forget any medication your dog might be on and I have a long leash. I can use this to tie her up if needed or to let her walk ahead of me. Actually, heal isn’t as easy when she has this pack on and if she is right next to me her bags hit my legs all of the time so I let her walk ahead with the pack. Keeps us both happy.

Lastly I throw in some extras for my dog that I think they will like. Just like our own bug out bags have comfort items, your dog will appreciate these too. I will add in a toy they like to play with, maybe a tennis ball or a chew toy and some treats. The treats come in handy when we are hiking because I am not going to always give them a bowl of food on a day hike, but I do dole out the treats when we stop and have snacks.

So that’s it for my dog’s pack. What is in your dog’s bug out bag?

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Colloidal Silver in Emergency Preparednesshttp://www.theprepperjournal.com/2014/11/25/colloidal-silver-emergency-preparedness/ http://www.theprepperjournal.com/2014/11/25/colloidal-silver-emergency-preparedness/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 11:00:11 +0000 http://www.theprepperjournal.com/?p=12087 Written by R. Barry King, PhD on The Prepper Journal.

Silver in all forms has been employed by mankind for its antiseptic qualities over millennia. The Greeks and Romans used a silver coin to purify bad water and to preserve milk and wine. In later times, a silver coin was taped to the umbilical wound of a newborn child to prevent infection. A silver solution […]

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Written by R. Barry King, PhD on The Prepper Journal.

Silver in all forms has been employed by mankind for its antiseptic qualities over millennia. The Greeks and Romans used a silver coin to purify bad water and to preserve milk and wine. In later times, a silver coin was taped to the umbilical wound of a newborn child to prevent infection. A silver solution is placed into the eyes of every newborn to kill any infection that was picked up from the birth canal during delivery and silver is used in every burn center the world over to prevent infection. Surgical bandages are now silver thread impregnated for speedy healing. Most Doctors know the antiseptic properties of silver. Just ask your MD.

The history of nutrition shows that humans have utilized natural foods and remedies for many thousands of years. The earliest physicians turned to Mother Nature for virtually all their health aids. The effectiveness of herbs and botanicals is well documented and enjoys increasingly wide use by the general public. But, today, with the advent of corporate entities and the influence of Big Pharma and her allies in the FDA, along with their innate financial pursuits and considerations, all this has seen a wide-spread attack. Natural remedies and holistic treatments are denigrated by corporate America and many MDs as a rule. After all, if natural remedies cost very little and modern pharmaceuticals are very profitable for corporate America, which do you think will get the nod from the moneyed class? Not too much of a brain twister here!

The ancients had to rely on natural means of preservation and storage for foodstuffs. Lacking refrigeration, they had to find natural means for keeping a safe supply for long journeys and hot summers. Not surprisingly, they employed the anti-microbial qualities of silver for the preservation of drinking water, milk and wine. By either utilizing silver vessels for storage and transportation or simply dropping a silver coin into a container or a wineskin, they successfully kept their foods in good order until consumed. Archaeological investigations in the domains of Ancient Rome, Greece and Mesopotamia are the sites for this information. Cisterns dating from 600 BCE bare the evidence that silver coins were placed in them for water purification and storage. Wine vats from ancient vintners are silent testimony to the same practice. The ancients were pretty darn smart!

In Medieval times, royalty ate and drank from silver vessels, plates and utensils not to be stylist and for pomp, but for health preservation. Acidic foods would tarnish the silver utensils and create toxic silver salts that had a tendency to turn the skin grey or blue. Argyria was common in the upper classes and they were referred to as “Blue Bloods” by the common folk. They were healthy, lived long lives and were immune to the plagues that wiped out a large percentage of European populations in that period. The products that turned people blue (a condition clinically known as argyria) are not true colloidal silvers and nutritionists don’t use or recommend the use of cheap and toxic silver salts in the modern age of health care.

Many folks who go to the Internet in search of information on Colloidal Silver (and many other subjects for that matter) find quite a bit of hype, misleading and just plain disinformation that is placed there by pitifully ignorant postings. And, having found negative claims for Colloidal Silver, they terminate their research and remain ignorant of the facts. You simply can’t trust much of the info you get through the Internet, so be careful of the sources you find there. One of the common claims I see quite often is that argyria is caused by Colloidal Silver and that is simply not true. Colloidal Silver is eliminated from the body quite speedily, but silver salts are not. Argyria is the result of ingestion of improper chemical forms and silver salts that are concentrated in the skin. No practicing nutritionist would ever recommend the ingestion of silver salts, and the use of sodium chloride as an aid to generation is not a good idea. True Colloidal Silver is safe and effective and is easy to manufacture right in your own home. Claims that it will “turn you blue” are simply the result of gross ignorance, or some other agenda. The author has been generating Colloidal Silver at home and has ingested 2 oz. per day for the past 22 years without even the slightest tinge of blue skin. Additionally, being a college professor, I was exposed to the flu every winter and I always came down with a full-blown case plus 2 to 3 common colds. I have not had either of those ailments since beginning Colloidal Silver in 1992, and I DON’T take the flu shot.

I don’t know the motives (or hidden agendas) of anyone who writes this kind of “colloidal silver causes blue skin” tripe, but these folks are out there. The condition of argyria that turned the famous “Blue Man”, Mr. Paul Karason’s skin blue came as an intentional result. He ingested on a daily basis high doses of high-strength homemade silver chloride he made in his garage. He even bathed in the stuff and then “fixed” the silver by using a tanning bed in an attempt to make it into the Guinness World Records book. Deceased now of a cardiac condition, Mr. Karason never had any infections.

Recent Research

The clinical use and medical applications for colloidal silver were recognized as legitimate and approved by the FDA as early as 1910. Many research articles were published by the 1930s. Then came the discovery of penicillin and all that changed. The cheap and readily available colloidal silver products were suddenly abandoned and the pharmaceutical industry began pushing the very expensive and profitable antibiotics. Penicillin saved many lives during the World War II years and thereafter. However, antibiotic resistance has raised its ugly head with the emergence of MRSA and a host of several other resistant bacteria. In addition, modern medicine has practically no effective treatments for viral infections. The common cold, influenza, herpes, HIV, HPV, and hepatitis (A,B,C,D,E,F &G) and now Ebola are all viral infections. C. Silver may be our only hope when it comes to these. And C. Silver is experiencing a re-emergence in holistic medicine over the past several years. HIV and even some forms of cancer are now treatable 1&2. Specialists in wound care are turning to the use and application of C. Silver in increasing numbers because of its immediate effectiveness 3.

Emergency disinfection of water is a continuing concern among those individuals who anticipate the eventual need for self-protection in these uncertain times in which we live. Public water supplies are vulnerable to unexpected disruptions and even the private water well depends on a reliable source of electrical power from which to operate. Hunting and camping away from normally dependable water supplies carries its own concerns as well. Water taken from streams and lakes carries its own hazards and the taste of Halazone is far from pleasant. C. Silver is well known for its ability to render these questionable water sources safe to drink, and without any undue taste or flavor to offend the Mrs. A test of C. Silver was run in Nebraska some years ago on a swimming pool that had been contaminated by raw sewage. The plate counts for E. coli ran upwards of 7000 cfu/ml. Addition of silver brought the counts to non-detect within 3 hours of inoculation 4.   C. Silver should be a part of everyone’s survival kit.

In PART TWO we will explore the Preparation and Use of Colloidal Silver for Emergency Preparedness.

 

Literature Citations

  1. Elechiguerra, J.L., et.al., 2005, Interaction of silver nanoparticles with HIV-1,
    Journal of Nanobiotechnology, vol., 3, no.6.
  2. Franco-Molina, M.A., et.al, 2010, Antitumor activity of colloidal silver on MCF-7 human breast cancer cells. Journal of Experimental Clinical Cancer Research, v. 29, Pg. 148.
  3. Cowan, T., A victory against MRSA, 2005, Journal of Wound Care, vol. 14, p. 372. And 42 other articles concerning silver in disinfection and wound care.
  4. Farber, Dr. M. Paul, 1995, Uses of Silver – Swimming Pool Water, in The Micro Silver Bullet, pp. 51-52. Professional Physicians Publishing Co. Houston.

 

About the Author:  Dr. King is a retired Professor of Environmental Science and Human Nutrition and the author of four books—two textbooks on Biotechnology, a Novel “Bad Medicine” and a treatise on Paleoclimate. His fifth, “The Bible on NanoSilver” will be available in mid-2015 on Amazon. He is the designer, along with a PhD engineer and a compounding Pharmacist Clinician, of a Colloidal Silver Generator for home use – the QwykSilver Dr. in a Bottle, which is Money Back Guaranteed. He may be contacted by email at: TenEagles999@yahoo.com

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Preppers Are the Modern Survivalistshttp://www.theprepperjournal.com/2014/11/24/preppers-modern-survivalists/ http://www.theprepperjournal.com/2014/11/24/preppers-modern-survivalists/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 01:25:08 +0000 http://www.theprepperjournal.com/?p=12080 Written by Pat Henry on The Prepper Journal.

Preppers and Survivalists. We throw those terms around to describe two very different groups of people. At first blush, the people who seem to align themselves with the term survivalist are seeking ways of living with virtually no assistance whatsoever. Survivalists of today and even the more distant past pride themselves on being able to […]

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Preppers and Survivalists. We throw those terms around to describe two very different groups of people. At first blush, the people who seem to align themselves with the term survivalist are seeking ways of living with virtually no assistance whatsoever. Survivalists of today and even the more distant past pride themselves on being able to make fire from primitive methods, create snares to catch small game or recognize edible plants that can be eaten or used for medicinal purposes. These are tremendously valuable skills.

Our forefathers who set out to claim virgin land for themselves in the untouched wilderness of a new country did this not as a hobby, but a necessary part of their lives. They lived with very little in the way of what we would consider modern conveniences. Sure they usually had more than a knife, but there were no camp stoves, flashlights, semi-automatic weapons, sleeping bags and plastic water bottles with built-in water filtration.

The skills our distant relatives used to carve a home out of the wilderness are still valued and taught today. Some will argue that the only way to be truly self-sufficient is to rid yourself of any modern convenience and live off the land. While I can appreciate the romantic notion of walking out the door and away from the 21st century – living like Thoreau on a lake, I don’t aspire myself to live completely like that although most of me yearns for more of that life than what I am able to get away with today. People who lived on the frontier were heartier, more self-sufficient and inventive perhaps. They also died a lot younger too.

I compare what I do to prepare with those who espouse the virtues of survivalism as if we are one in the same. Preppers are the evolution of survivalism or the development of similar concepts at least and perhaps on some level preppers are harkening back to our roots. Our ingrained thoughts that drive us to prepare could be our heritage calling to us from our subconscious. Maybe as a human species we recognize that we have gotten too far away from something so vital, something that is necessary for ensuring our survival and in a larger sense keeps the balance of the world in order somehow. Deep down, are we really all supposed to be living more self-sufficiently than our modern lives allow? Is this need inside of us to prepare, to get ready, not something we do because of outside indicators like the news, economy or politics, but something deeper within humanity?

Before you think I have been hitting the holiday cheer too early, let me explain what I mean. Preppers around the world have been learning skills they feel they need to answer a call that each of us has to get ready. Survivalists answer a similar call I believe and maybe that is not to get ready, but to learn. In both cases, preppers and survivalists are not sitting back on their laurels believing as many in our country do that all is well and you can always depend on the government to save you. For years this underground movement has grown and taken on many facets and disciplines but the heart of it all is a sense that we need to be ready to take care of ourselves. What was fringe before has become mainstream although we aren’t a majority of the population by any stretch.

The survivalist plans on being stuck in the wilderness with nothing but his mind. The prepper plans to bug out into the woods if necessary, but would rather stay somewhere safe and hopefully surrounded with family and friends. Both survivalists and preppers learn new skills that can be used to increase the likelihood of survival should the modern conveniences we rely on fail us all.

We might not have the same skills, but we prepare for similar reasons. We might not have the same ideology but our goal is self-sufficiency even though our definition of what that actually is might be slightly different and vary from location to location. So what are modern survivalists?

Becoming more self-reliant

Being self-reliant differs from being self-sufficient but they are kissing cousins. Both Preppers and Survivalists want to be more self-reliant and this is due to a lot of reasons. We often want to rely less on the power company and so we learn how to use alternative sources of energy like solar or wind power. By being able to produce your own electricity you depend less on the power company to provide you service. This has benefits in terms of cost and emergencies. If you have your own power you will likely be less affected by storm induced power outages. If you are producing your own electricity your power bill will be lower freeing resources up to purchase other things or reducing the amount of work you need to do in order to pay your bills.

Getting out of debt

Debt is probably one of the top if not the first main problems with our modern society. Debt has ruined our country and other nations as we have been signed onto debts we don’t owe yet will still be mandated to pay for them. Our country’s economics aren’t going to be changed by preppers but you can change your own economics. Getting out of debt will save you money in the long run and reduces your dependence (and liability) on and to creditors. Maybe you will say that everyone must have a credit card to get around these days and I’ll buy that. What you don’t have to have is a balance though. I have been paying down debt as quickly as I can for years and recently just closed out a couple of credit cards I had after paying them off. I still carry credit cards but the balances are shrinking and my plan is to only have one next year with a zero balance.

How will that help you ask? Well, if I lose my job during an economic collapse, it will be much easier to pay for my house if I don’t have any other bills. Instead of paying the credit card bill for shoes that I bought 3 years ago I will instead be able to buy food for my family. Having zero debt or as little as possible is one way you can prepare for shaky economic times.

Stocking up

This might be where survivalists and preppers disagree the most. Preppers will stock up food, water and supplies to last them during hard times. Survivalists will tell you that they don’t need anything and they plan to bug out into the woods if the SHTF. Who am I to say what will work for survivalists, but I just look at the numbers and common sense. Common sense tells me if millions of people are forced to walk into the countryside and try to live, a good many of them will die. I don’t want to be in that number.

So we stock up on supplies that we know will be necessary to live should some crisis happen. We purchase items to make fire, food to feed our family’s and weapons to defend ourselves. Survivalists take a different approach but again we all plan to live. We all want to survive.

Learning Skills

Skills are the great equalizer and both preppers and survivalists try to learn skills to survive. Where they differ is usually the location. Instead of planning to survive in the woods, preppers learn to survive in the cities. We learn how to use a weapon because simply having a gun won’t mean you are any better off than anyone else. I have seen missed shots at 25 yards from a trigger jerk. If you don’t know how to use the weapon you have, it won’t be of much use to you. If you don’t know how to grow food, those survival seeds will not be able to help you. If you don’t know how to treat injuries, all the fish antibiotics in the world won’t help so knowledge is key. Knowledge of how to survive is shared by both preppers and survivalists.

Maybe Preppers are the city cousins to the country survivalists. We are related, but we have different approaches. I think largely we are the same and the word survivalist has just been modified to a more PC version of Prepper. Prepper seems to be more accurate, but maybe that is just what I prefer. We both aim to survive and I think that is all that matters.

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